A 29-year-old man in Pennsylvania accused of sexually assaulting his infant daughter, who passed away after the assault over the weekend, googled a series of disturbing questions such as, “How do you know if a baby is dead,” before calling 911, officials said.
Austin Stevens spent more than an hour on Google searching for subjects related to the crime on Saturday night in the Philadelphia suburb of Lower Providence Township, according to authorities. His search history reportedly included, “If baby stop breathing,” “What if you don’t hear baby heart or beat” and “My baby isn’t breathing.”
His 10-month-old daughter, Zara Scruggs, did not survive the rape & was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after midnight Sunday, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
In addition to call history, officials also found a diaper that was saturated with blood as part of their investigation. An autopsy later confirmed that the infant had been sexually assaulted & sustained anal rectal trauma & blunt force trauma to the head.
Stevens was charged with a slew of felonies, including involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, rape of a child, aggravated assault, aggravated indecent assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He’s being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to appear in court next week.