Texas County authorities charged, Daniel Dale Lamborn
, 24, on December 30th with child abuse resulting in death in connection with his 4 year-old
stepdaughter, Camille Fayte Denis'
, death in November.
An investigation into the little girls death was launched on November 22nd by the Missouri Department of Social Services and the Texas County Child Welfare Board.
According to the probable cause statement, the coroner told investigators that he believed that the toddler could have died from asphyxiation. However, an autopsy revealed that the little girl died from a tear to the right atrium of her heart.
During an interview with Sgt. Travis Davis of the Texas County Sheriff's department, Lamborn told Davis that he was home alone with his children when a large toy box fell on little Camille's chest.
When confronted with the autopsy results, Davis said Lamborn started changing his story offering multiple accounts of what happened, they include; tossing Camille Denis in the air, and stepping on the little girls chest.
He later told detectives that the toy box story was a lie, and that he fell on top of the toddler with his forearm, before requesting an attorney.
Camille is survived by her mother, Toni Lamborn, a brother Jon, her grandparents and aunts and uncles. Lamborn is being held in the Texas County jail on $100,000 bond.