Crime

Infant sisters died less than 2 years apart. Their father is charged in latest death.

Zachary Lee Littell
Zachary Lee Littell ONSLOW COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

A man who had one infant daughter die of unknown causes in 2016 was charged Wednesday with murdering a 7-week-old daughter.

Zachary Lee Littell, 25, told investigators his weeks-old daughter, Harper Littell, fell from a portable baby bathtub while unattended Jan. 3, according to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office. The child died at a hospital two days later.

Medical officials, however, said the child’s injuries were inconsistent with Littell’s story. Her head was swollen on both sides and she was bruised on her lips and the back of her head – determined to be caused by blunt force.

Littell was charged with one count of murder Wednesday, after the medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

Another daughter born to Littell and Abigail Neiger-Bickham died of an undetermined cause Aug. 4, 2016, at 8 months old, according to WITN.

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