Quinton Stanley, charged with murder, says baby's bathtub death was an accident (38)

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Next came the interview with Stanley. He said he'd been in charge of watching the kids during the time their mom was at work, and while he'd fallen asleep for a time at 5 p.m., he'd checked on them in the hours afterward to make sure they were still watching TV and hadn't tried to get out; the three year old knew how to open the door, he revealed.

At about 10:45 p.m., he said he decided to make some food, and when the kids woke up while he was preparing something in the room's microwave, he fed them as well, with the boy getting so messy that he decided to give him a bath.

Upon filling the tub up to what's described as shoulder-height, Stanley said to bathed the boy, after which he decided to let the water out because it had gotten so dirty. Next, he tried to lift the boy out as he stood in the tub, but lost control of the child, who fell face first toward the rear of the tub and lost consciousness.

After pulling the boy out, Stanley maintained that he placed him over his knee and started doing back compressions, which forced both "fluid and blood" from his mouth. He subsequently attempted CPR, but to no avail, prompting his call first to Smith and secondly to 911.

What parts of this story likely gave prosecutors pause? For one thing, hospital personnel told the cops that water had come out of the boy's mouth during resuscitation efforts. In addition, a postmortem examination of the child revealed what are described as "multiple injuries to his head," as opposed to only one.

Cases like this one often generate accusations of child abuse resulting in death, and Stanley has indeed been charged with this crime by the Denver DA. But the office has also hit him with an allegation of first-degree murder. At last report, Stanley remains in custody after being formally advised of the charges against him earlier this week.

Look below to see a larger version of Stanley's mug shot, followed by the police report and a 9News piece in which Smith stands by him, as well as our previous coverage.

Quinton Stanley Arrest Report

Continue for our previous coverage of the Quinton Stanley case, including an interactive graphic.

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