Police: Night Of Drinking For Father Ends In Death Of Baby - FOX 13 News

Police: Night Of Drinking For Father Ends In Death Of Baby

Posted: Updated:
Edward Doyle, 28, was arrested on child endangerment charges. (Courtesy: Upper Moreland Police Department) Edward Doyle, 28, was arrested on child endangerment charges. (Courtesy: Upper Moreland Police Department)
UPPER MORELAND, Pa. -

Police say 28-year-old Edward Doyle's night of drinking ended early Sunday morning with the death of his 2-month-old daughter Makayla inside an apartment he shared with his wife and a second child.

Now he's behind bars on child endangerment charges and could face more serious crimes .

"She was so precious," one neighbor told FOX 29.

Neighbors and friends were in tears, stunned by the baby's death and Doyle's arrest.

"I'm pretty much numb about the whole thing you know," Paul Sidwell, Doyle's close friend and the infant's godfather, said. "You feel all empty and what not."

"He was a good dad," neighbor Michelle Thompson told FOX 29. "He would never endanger any of his kids, ever."

Police were called to the Wellington Apartments early Sunday morning and discovered the unresponsive baby with a red mark on her forehead and cuts and bruises on her nose.

Investigators say Doyle was drinking at the American Legion Hall in Willow Grove for several hours, where he consumed 6 pints of beer. He returned home to play cards with his wife and friends. At some point, he took his daughter out of her swing, tripped and fell on top of her, then put her back in the swing and fell asleep.

The police report says Doyle's friend said he was "highly intoxicated" and Doyle admitted he "drank too much."

"No foul play at all, just an accident, absolutely. Yeah," said Sidwell.

Police say Doyle could face additional charges after the medical examiner rules on the death.

"I love Ed , he's a great guy, great dad," Sidwell added. "That's what they live around, their children. It's a damn shame."

District Attorney Risa Ferman withheld comment on the case pending the outcome of the investigation and the autopsy.

Doyle remains behind bars on $1 million cash bail. An autopsy on the child could be completed as early as Tuesday. Ferman will then decide whether to file additional charges.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • 3 Injured, Child Killed In Grays Ferry Shooting

    3 Injured, Child Killed In Grays Ferry Shooting

    Saturday, August 2 2014 1:07 AM EDT2014-08-02 05:07:07 GMT
    SkyFOX was live over the scene on the 1500 block of South Etting Street in South Philadelphia around 9:40 p.m. on Friday. Police say four people have been shot. According to authorities, a 3-year-old girl was shot, one time in the left side of her chest. She was transported to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and was pronounced dead. 
    SkyFOX was live over the scene on the 1500 block of South Etting Street in South Philadelphia around 9:40 p.m. on Friday. Police say four people have been shot. According to authorities, a 3-year-old girl was shot, one time in the left side of her chest. She was transported to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and was pronounced dead. 
  • Philadelphia Cabs Set To Have Security Cameras

    Philadelphia Cabs Set To Have Security Cameras

    Saturday, August 2 2014 12:48 AM EDT2014-08-02 04:48:15 GMT
    Philadelphia cab owners are being told they must install new security cameras, and not everyone is happy about it.
    Philadelphia cab owners are being told they must install new security cameras, and not everyone is happy about it.
  • Suspect Confesses To Murder, Police Search For Bodies In Park

    Suspect Confesses To Murder, Police Search For Bodies In Park

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-08-02 02:22:08 GMT
    Authorities say they are searching allegedly for two dismembered bodies buried in a wooded in Indian Rock Park in Springfield after a murder suspect confessed to killing two people.
    Authorities say they are searching allegedly for two dismembered bodies buried in a wooded in Indian Rock Park in Springfield after a murder suspect confessed to killing two people.
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices