Father wants justice for his 14-month-old daughter who was beaten to death
(KUTV) James LaBuy drove to Utah from Washington State after he heard his 14-month-old daughter Kenzie was beaten to death.
"I'm angry that someone would be willing to hurt a small child that couldn't defend herself," said LaBuy after spending several hours with investigators at the Ogden Police Department.
LaBuy would like Washington State to be his daughter's final resting place.
"I feel I deserve at least that," he said.
According to police, Kenzie was beaten to death by 23-year-old Adam Joseph Barney. Police said he confessed to the crime and charged him with aggravated murder. They upgraded the charge after learning more about the toddler's violent death.
Charging documents say that on August 24, Barney was watching Kenzie and her two siblings for their mother, who was also his girlfriend. Barney allegedly told police that he was frustrated over the dirty living conditions and the victim crying. The document says Barney threw the child on the bed, then, because she was sticky from food, he got in the shower with her and dropped her.
The document says, "out of frustration, he punched her in the face twice." Barney then allegedly punched her in the stomach and squeezed her "really hard."
Ogden Police Lt. Danielle Croyle said after the beating, even though the child was short of breath and lethargic, Barney put her in the stroller and took her and the other two kids out.
"There was no assistance given to that child to administer first aid or to get her treatment," said Croyle.
LaBuy said before his daughter was born he was lost. He said Kenzie helped turn his life around.
"She was my princess," he said.
LaBuy said he wants Barney to pay for what he allegedly did to his child.
"He needs to pay for taking my daughter away from me," he said.
La Buy's family has started a Facebook Page called "Justice for Kenzie."
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