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Prosecutors: Cause of baby's death more severe than first thought

Prosecutors: Cause of baby's death more severe than first thought

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A 22-year-old man told police that his "reckless" actions directly caused the death of a 23-month-old baby Wednesday night in Selah, according to court documents.

David Holbrook, 22, made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon. He was booked on manslaughter, but prosecutors said that might climb to murder.

Holbrook told police he was watching his girlfriend's baby Wednesday evening at a home on Jim Clements Way. He told investigators that at one point he threw the baby up with so much force it hit the ceiling.

The baby was not breathing when medical personnel arrived, they said. The baby was pronounced dead at the hospital.

According to court documents, he also admitted that he didn't call 911 until after he called a friend first. That friend stopped by and told him to call police.

When police read Holbrook his Miranda rights he changed his story, according to affidavit. He told them he lied the first time because he did not want to be the cause of the baby's death.

Medical staff couldn't comment on the baby's condition but said there was bruising.

Yakima County's coroner could not release that cause of death.

A judge set Holbrook's bail at $1 million. The investigation is ongoing.

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