Father sentenced for smothering daughter

May 15, 2008 6:32:55 AM PDT
An Allentown man is facing a 15- to 40-year state prison sentence in the 2007 suffocation death of his 5-month-old daughter.

David Dilliard pleaded guilty in January to third-degree murder in the 2007 death of Samara Dilliard.

Dilliard told police he smothered the infant with a pillow and punched her in the back of the head because he couldn't get her to stop crying.

The baby's mother, Stacy Matson, says she was at work at a restaurant when Dilliard called and told her Samara wasn't breathing.

Dilliard said he put a pillow over the baby and fell asleep on it after he smoked marijuana. Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach told Dilliard that drugs and child-care do not mix.

Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com