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Video: Mother-in-law defends Youngstown man arrested for daughter's murder

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A Youngstown man charged with murdering his infant daughter has turned himself in to authorities.

According to the Mahoning County Sheriff's web site, 22-year-old Evan Lee was booked into the county jail on Friday on charges of murder, child endangering and felonious assault.

However, Lee and his mother-in-law both claim Lee was trying to save the baby, not harm her.

Tamika Haywood tells 21 News that the baby was choking and Lee was trying to save her. "He turned himself in today because he is not guilty of murder for killing his child. That was his princess. He wouldn't do anything to hurt his child. All he was doing was trying to save her." said Haywood.

Lee was indicted on Thursday in connection with the death of four-month-old Ila Lee.

Assistant County Prosecutor Rebecca Doherty tells 21 news that on May 13, the infant was taken by ambulance to Saint Elizabeth Hospital, then flown by helicopter to Children's Hospital in Akron where she was pronounced dead.

An investigation showed that the infant died from a head injury. There was also evidence that the baby had been shaken.

Investigators believe that the infant sustained those injuries at her family's home on Woodside Avenue.

The baby's older brother, Evan Lee, Junior, has been removed from the family's home.

Lee is scheduled to appear in court to answer the charge on August 6.

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