L’Naya Love White was just 6 months old when she was raped and murdered on June 26 in Rapid City, South Dakota. A preliminary autopsy found she suffered blunt force trauma that resulted in a brain bleed and showed signs of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Kristopher Houchin, 26, has been charged with second degree murder and first degree rape, KOTA reported. Capt. James Johns of the Rapid City Police Department said Houchin was babysitting L’Naya when the injuries were inflicted. Her mother was reportedly not present at the time.
L’Naya was taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital, where she later died, and Houchin was still there when authorities arrived, Inquisitr reported. He was arrested a few hours later on suspicion of rape and child abuse. He allegedly admitted to shaking L’Naya, an act which can be deadly for infants.
Houchin’s bond was set at $5 million during a hearing on June 30. He cried during the court appearance and repeatedly mumbled “I’m sorry,” at the end of the hearing. A trial date has not been set, but he is being held at Pennington County Jail.
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A candlelight vigil was held in L’Naya’s honor on July 1 and hundreds of people came to support her family.