A Tennessee man has been arrested after confessing to raping and strangling his 9-month-old daughter to death.
U.S. Army combat medic Christopher Paul Conway, 22, is facing charges of homicide and aggravated rape in the death of his 9-month-old baby daughter, The Leaf Chronicle reported. He was taken into custody on Nov. 15, according to a statement from the Clarksville Police Department.
Authorities responded to a call at 7:19 a.m. on Nov. 14. The caller told emergency services that CPR was being performed on the child. When they arrived at the home, they found the baby with a cord wrapped around her neck. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead 40 minutes later.
An investigation led to the arrest of Conway, the victim's father. He confessed to both rape and homicide during a police interview, according to arrest warrants.
Conway was arrested and booked into Montgomery County Jail on $100,000 bail for the rape charge. Judge Ray Grimes denied bail on the homicide charge, adding that Conway could be facing the death penalty if convicted.
The victim has a twin sister, according to Department of Children's Services spokesman Rob Johnson. The spokesman confirmed that the child was placed in foster care and that DCS is investigating the incident.
Johnson added that it does not appear that Conway has had previous issues with DCS.
According to Conway's Facebook page, he is originally from Alabama. He served in the U.S. Army as a combat medic, and was previously stationed at Fort Campbell, on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.
Conway and his wife, Emily, were married for less than three years. The twin baby girls were born in February.
The couple recently posted photos of themselves and their twins on social media. In one photo, the newborns are seen tucked into the pockets of Conway's uniform.
Clarksville police spokesperson Jim Knoll told the Daily Mail "there is no motive for something like this." He added that his department had no prior history with Conway.
Neighbors said they hardly knew the family.
"He's military so he comes and goes. Other than that, I don't talk to him," Billy Reynolds told WZTV.
"Just as a parent and grandmother, it's something unbelievable what people can do to their own child," added Deborah Kendall. "It just breaks my heart what he did to her. I was just looking on his Facebook page. It looks like those babies had a hard time when they first came to life and for him to do that to his own daughter."