Death penalty may be sought in Pa. infant's death

Joseph Antonio Urquia

December 25, 2010 12:50:43 PM PST
An eastern Pennsylvania prosecutor says he may seek the death penalty against a man accused of beating his infant daughter to death because she would not stop crying.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli says he will wait for an autopsy report before making a decision in the case of 21-year-old Joseph Urquia of Easton. But he says the death of 11-week-old Joselynn could qualify as a capital case because the victim was under the age of 12.

The child was pronounced dead Tuesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, where she had been taken two days earlier with severe head injuries. Urquia was arraigned on a criminal homicide charge the same day.

The Lehigh County coroner's office says more tests are needed to determine the cause and manner of death.