A 3-month-old is dead, and her father is in jail, charged with murder.
Cedar Hill police say the infant, Melinda Daniels, died Friday from injuries given to her by her father, 46-year-old Melvin Daniels.
Melvin Daniels was arrested and released earlier in the week after being charged with injury to a child. He was re-arrested Friday after his daughter's death.
Melva Stephens, a neighbor of the family, is in shock. "Kids are so innocent… how can you hurt a little bitty baby. You just want to kiss them and hug them… but you don't want to kill them. I'm just kind of baffled right now. I'm at a loss for words.
The death adds to disturbing statistics. Child abuse experts say Dallas County has the highest number of abuse related deaths in the state.
Daniels remains in jail on a one million dollar bond.