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Wake Forest man charged in baby daughter's death

Posted December 11, 2010 8:25 a.m. EST
Updated December 12, 2010 8:20 a.m. EST

— A Wake Forest man faces a murder charge in connection with his 14-month-old daughter's death, police said Friday.

Town spokesman Bill Crabtree said that police and EMS crews responding to a 911 call from 522 N. Allen St. Tuesday found Jonathan Blake Perry, 23, alone with his daughter, Jadajai Wright. She had no pulse.

The infant was taken to WakeMed and then flown to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. She was pronounced dead there.

Two months ago, neighbors attended Jadajai's first birthday party.

"That's what made it so deeply hurtful because the baby had just turned one and we was all sitting out here playing cards two months ago, having a good time," neighbor Derrick Holden said. "And two months later, this happens. It's really tragic."

Holden said Perry shared his house with his daughter and girlfriend, and they seemed happy.

"We're all family out here," said Holden. "For this to come so close and hurt so close to the heart, it reflects on everybody in Wake Forest because we're family out here."

Crabtree declined to release more information about the case amid the ongoing investigation.

The arrest warrants state that Jadajai had swelling on the brain, extensive bleeding in her eyes and a bruised lung. The injuries "caused brain death," the warrants state.

In addition to murder, Perry was charged with felony child abuse involving serious bodily injury.

He was being in the Wake County jail without bond Saturday. His first court appearance was set for Monday morning.

Perry has a single previous conviction, for misdemeanor wanton or willful damage to personal property greater than $200 in 2009, according to state Department of Correction records.