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Father charged with first-degree murder in death of 6-month-old

PEORIA (WEEK) — Kyle Purser has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to the September death of his six-month-old daughter Lisa.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says Lisa Purser died of suffocation on September 8.

When first responders arrived that day, the infant was not breathing, and emergency medical assistance was given by police, fire and AMT.

Peoria Police said that “suspicious circumstances” surrounding the baby’s death lead them to arrest her father, 20-year-old Kyle Purser on Tuesday.

Purser appeared in Peoria County court Thursday, where he was officially charged with one count of first-degree murder.

His bond has been set at $3,000,000.

The baby’s mother, Susan, says she and her family are still looking for answers and police have not told them what they suspect happened the day the baby died.

Sheridan Swathwood

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