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.
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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