EWING — A police officer and teacher spent at least two full months abusing their newborn and keeping her from medical treatment before she finally died, investigators say.
Hailey Rose Bannister died in December, days after she was admitted to the hospital suffering from a heart attack, broken ribs, fractured skull and a bleeding brain.
The death was considered by investigators to be suspicious from the start. Seven months later, Daniel Bannister Jr., a police officer in Ewing, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with his baby's murder. His wife, charter school teacher Catherine Bannister, was charged with second-degree child endangerment.
Prosecutors have not publicly released more details about how exactly Hailey Rose got her injuries. But court documents obtained Friday by New Jersey 101.5 reveal that investigators believe that the baby girl spent at least two months suffering before her death.