Crime

Father charged in death

Thurston County sheriff's deputies arrested a man Friday on suspicion of first-degree manslaughter, three months after he told deputies that he had dropped his 4-month-old daughter while throwing her in the air and catching her.

Corey H. Snyder, 20, was booked Friday morning into the Thurston County Jail, Thurston County sheriff’s Lt. Chris Mealy said.

Snyder was home alone with the infant in the 3200 block of 26th Avenue Southeast on May 23 when she suffered life-threatening head injuries. Snyder told deputies that while he was throwing and catching the infant, she fell and landed on her head and back.

The baby, Kylie Marie Snyder, died four days later at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Friday that her death was caused by a brain hemorrhage and blunt-force injuries to the head.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that the cause of death was homicide. After the medical examiner released that finding Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office consulted with the Thurston County prosecuting attorney and obtained an arrest warrant for Snyder.

In Washington, a person is guilty of first-degree manslaughter when he or she “recklessly causes the death of another person.” First-degree manslaughter is a Class A felony, and someone convicted of the offense faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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