NEW FACTS: Past Convictions For Father Charged In Baby's Death

A father who is accused in the death of his baby daughter made a brief court appearance Thursday morning in New Bern.

A judge named a court-appointed attorney for Jeffrey Guerrero and set January 5th as his next court date.

Court records show Guerrero has been convicted in recent years of multiple drunk driving charges and is facing a current charge of DWI. On a 911 tape released Wednesday the baby's mother said she came home Sunday and found her husband passed out on the bed wile her four-month-old daughter was not breathing. An autopsy says the baby died from suffocation.

Police charged him Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter. Guerrero was convicted of DWI after arrests in May 2009, July 2009 and April 2010. Guerrero is currently facing charges in Jones County for DWI, reckless driving, breaking and entering, resisting arrest and habitual impaired driving.

Guerrero is a former Cherry Point Marine. The air station says he was honorably discharged with the rank of a lance corporal in September 2008. Craven Community College officials say he is a former student at that institution.

Guerrero's Facebook page reveals the parents referred to their daughter as Gracie.

In the 911 call, a woman who identified herself as the baby's mother said her husband was passed out on the bed and her daughter not breathing. She said she found Vodka on the counter.

Havelock Police Chief Wayne Cyrus says there was no evidence of intent.

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A 911 tape provides more details of how a four-month-old baby may have died Sunday in Havelock.

In the call obtained by WITN News, a woman who said she was the mother told 911 she came home from work, found her husband passed out and her baby daughter not breathing.

Police have charged the father, Jeffrey Guerrero, with involuntary manslaughter.

Graciana Guerrero was found dead in the family's home on Witten Circle on Sunday. Preliminary autopsy results shows the baby died of suffocation.

Police Chief Wayne Cyrus would not go into detail about how the baby died, but did say there was no evidence of intent.

In the 911 tape the child's mother says she came home and found her daughter blue in the face and cold.

911: "Who was with her?"
Woman: "My husband."
911: "Does he know what happened to her?"
Woman: "I don't know because he was just laying in bed and there's like Vodka on the counter."

Later in the call the woman told 911 that her husband was passed out in the bed.

The father is jailed on a $1,000,000 bond.

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  • by Truth Location: Texas on Jan 8, 2011 at 11:56 PM
    The baby was not placed in bed with the father "passed out." He woke up and she was crying and wouldnt stop. He drank some alcohol because he "needed to relax" and went in the bed with her. That is all he remembers. This is NOT the mothers fault what so ever. The father chose to drink while responsible for his 2 children. And he has to live with that for the rest of his life. So please quit acting like yall know them and know exactly whan happened (TXMom), because you dont. This family has been torn apart enough so just stop the rude comments. Thank You.
  • by TXMom Location: Corpus Christi, Tx on Dec 19, 2010 at 09:46 PM
    I personally know this family and know this was truly a tragic accident. The baby was placed in bed with an already passed out father, he unknowingly rolled onto his daughter. We can cast blame on the mother who placed her on the bed with her already passed out husband or blame him for being drunk. Regardless, it was an accident and I pray that he does not go to jail but gets the help he needs.
  • by maybe... on Dec 19, 2010 at 06:09 PM
    Who saids he was drunk when he killed his baby maybe it was after to make it look like it wasnt intent so he could get a lesser charge. All of us are assuming he did it by accident because he was drinking. Im just saying there are alot of sick people out there. He only had a preliminary hearring doesnt mean charges cant change until all the reports and court dates are finished. The truth is in the pudding Im sure there is evidence not released to the public the wording they used is details not released If it was no intend why not release details if it was an accident.
  • by alcholism in family on Dec 17, 2010 at 02:54 AM
    to karna, I agree with you, he may have trauma induced pain! and my heart goes out to those who endure so much for others, like our military!!! but... in a normally healthy person, with a skill set and support to face trauma, they do not turn immediately to habitual drinking to deal with it, but to other people, and to God and other things to help them cope. They may seek treatment...but he has likely also had other trauma in his life that now gives his addiction a reason to demonstrate itself. be careful on cause and effect! trauma doesn't cause addiction. addiction is a disease in itself. treatment for addiction is separate or along with treatment for other things like PTSD. not all with PTSD turn to drugs or alcohol. Addiction is it's own issue, and must be dealt with along with the PTSD.
  • by ncmom Location: bertie county on Dec 16, 2010 at 12:21 PM
    the family doesn't have to read this. you have to click through a few screens to get to the comments. the family should quit looking at this. the news story is not under comments.
  • by Please Pray Don't Judge Location: Kinston on Dec 16, 2010 at 11:41 AM
    My opionion.... The mother probably says to herself all the time that maybe she shouldn't have left her baby with the father and I am also pretty sure the father is beating himself up as well.... Please quit critizing these people... I read this with a heavy heart for the entire family! It was all in gods hands! The last thing these parents need is to read that people are blaming and judging them! Let them be!!!!! I will be keeping this family in my thoughts and prayers! I hope you all have a blessed day....
  • by Cat Location: SH on Dec 16, 2010 at 10:31 AM
    To Laura: HILARIOUS!!! LOL! Yer my new hero! That is about right!
  • by Karna Location: Greenville on Dec 16, 2010 at 08:36 AM
    The article stated he was honorably discharged in 2008 from the Marines. He probably has PTSD evidenced by the habitual intoxication. Veterans struggle to re-integrate into civilian life and many of them are unaware that there are Veteran Affairs facilities available to them to help them with the transition. This Veteran did not get help that he obviously desperetly needed and has now paid a price higher than his own life...that of his young baby girl. My thoughts go to him as well as his family and I ask everyone who reads this post...if you know a Veteran please remember our lives are very complicated...more than many of you know!
  • by tyqawanna Location: whortin staion rd. on Dec 16, 2010 at 07:35 AM
    why would fall over on the bed druke with the baby on the bed with you and i now that he now that the baby was on the bed at the time why go to bed druke for with the baby that is a very stupied move and then say it was not you fault.
  • by laura Location: greenville on Dec 16, 2010 at 05:40 AM
    I'm sure this guy was the best father ever, I mean truly one of the nicest, sweetest, most giving, outgoing, kind hearted guys on Earth. I mean, besides the whole driving drunk and being "passed out" while his daughter suffocates, but that could happen to anyone, right? Certainly doesn't indicate a problem with reasoning or judgment, or a pattern of irresponsible behavior. Besides, personal responsibility is SO 2009.

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