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Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Vienna father charged with abuse in connection with 2-month-old’s death

UPDATED, 2:20 Wednesday: Fairfax County Police released a statement saying Reed had been charged with child abuse, not murder, in connection with his daughter’s death.

Earlier police statements wrongly said Reed had been charged with murder. “As many death investigations are, this is a complicated investigation,” Officer Don Gotthardt, a Fairfax County police spokesman, said Wednesday. “There was a slight miscommunication in the vetting process for the release. Mr. Reed has never been charged with murder in this case.”

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A Vienna father has been charged with abusing his 2-month-old daughter, who died Monday from injuries allegedly suffered at his hand over the weekend, Fairfax County police said.

Francis Reed, 21, of 1533 Red Rock Court in Vienna, was charged with child abuse, police said.

About 4 p.m. Saturday, officers were called to a home in the 7500 block of Parkwood Court, in the Falls Church area, where CPR was being performed on Reed’s young daughter, Amber, police said.

The infant was taken to the hospital. She died on Monday, police said.

Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate and could file additional charges in the future, police said.

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Amber was subsequently transported to a local hospital and treated for injuries, police said. Police declined to discuss the nature of the alleged abuse.

Police took Reed into custody Monday and he was charged with child abuse, police said. Later that day, Amber died.

Amber’s mother has not been charged is not a suspect in the case, police said.

This was the tenth homicide in Fairfax County this year and the second in as many days. On Monday afternoon, police said a man was shot and killed at a Reston apartment complex.

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