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Father Apparently Rolls Over On Child, Killing Her

April 1, 1986

MENTOR-ON-THE-LAKE, Ohio (AP) _ A 6-week-old girl died after her sleeping father accidentally rolled over on her, police said.

Julianne Sandoval was dead on arrival Sunday at LakeEast Hospital in Painesville, said a nursing supervisor. The baby’s death appeared to be accidental suffocation, said Lake County Coroner William C. Downing.

The infant’s parents, Robert J. and Cheryl Sandoval took the child into their bed because she was crying in her crib, Mentor-on-the-Lake Police Chief William Chamar said Monday. When the father began to snore, Mrs. Sandoval went to another room, Chamar said.

″The baby was alive and crying and that’s why they took the baby to bed with them,″ Downing said. ″He is apparently a large man, capable of exerting a great deal of pressure. A 6-week-old baby is totally defenseless. It’s an unbelievable tragedy, especially on Easter morning.″

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