Man faces murder charge in infant daughter's death

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JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - UPDATE: 1/24/20 6:15 P.M.

A man who allegedly strangled his infant daughter in Jackson County has been charged with murder following her death after more than a year on life support.

Jeffrey Hoskins, 26, of Ripley, is facing first degree murder, fatal child abuse and strangulation charges for choking his 6-month-old daughter Riana in October 2018, according to Chief Deputy Ross Mellinger of the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities said the girl was left deaf and blind because of her injuries. She was placed on life support soon after the incident and died after being removed from life support earlier in this month.

Hoskins was initially arrested in October 2018 and charged with child abuse by a parent resulting in serious injury. He has been held in the Central Regional Jail since Jan. 7 when he was picked up in Calhoun County on another charge.

Hoskins' attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment. 


A man has been charged in Jackson County in the death of his infant daughter, authorities said.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said the girl died earlier this week after being on life support for about 15 months because of legal challenges.

The sheriff's office said Jeffrey Hoskins, 26, who has been charged with murder, told investigators he strangled the girl in October 2018 when she was 6 months old.

Authorities said Hoskins showed police during a court interview how he strangled her by using a teddy bear.

The girl had significant bruising under her chin, authorities said.

Hoskins in being held without bond in the Central Regional Jail.