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A father was charged in connection with the death of his 3-week-old infant.

Nicholas J. Hinnah, 36, Union, was charged earlier this month with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk. The charge is a felony.

The Missourian reported last week that Hinnah’s wife, Katie J. Hinnah, 32, Union, also was charged with first-degree child endangerment.

The charges stem from the March 12 death of the couple’s daughter.

Union police were called to a home on Old Highway 50 East at 8:51 a.m. March 12. Officers arrived and found an infant girl not breathing with no pulse.

The child was transported to Mercy Hospital Washington by Union Ambulance personnel where she was pronounced dead.

Police were told the child was put into the bed, with the parents, the night before. When the parents woke up, they found the child unresponsive.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Union police with the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, an autopsy was done on the child. The cause of death was ruled as probable suffocation.

Affidavits charging both Nicholas and Katie Hinnah said they were being charged for “rolling on the child” and suffocating her.

Katie Hinnah told police she had gone to bed around 1 a.m. She said her husband was feeding the baby when she dozed off.

Nicholas Hinnah told police he placed the child in bed with them at around 1 a.m., according to the probable cause statement.

Police reported both Nicholas and Katie Hinnah had a “strong odor of intoxicants” on their breath while speaking to officers, according to the probable cause statement.

Katie Hinnah submitted to a preliminary breath test at 10:30 a.m. and had a blood alcohol level at 0.133, according to the probable cause statement. She told police she had about 10 beers and three shots before bed.

Nicholas Hinnah told police he had approximately 12 beers and a shot of whiskey. His BAC at 10:30 a.m. registered at 0.189.

A blood sample was taken from Katie Hinnah 13 hours after she last admitted to consuming alcohol. The test came back with a 0.038 blood alcohol level.

Based on the metabolizing rate of alcohol, police said her blood alcohol level was likely at 0.233 when she went to bed.

A blood sample from Nicholas Hinnah 13 hours after he said he stopped drinking registered a BAC of 0.136. Police said that means his BAC was likely 0.331 when he went to bed based on the metabolic rate.

Police said a partially consumed bottle of breast milk and an unopened bottle were found in the master bedroom. Both were tested and found to contain ethyl alcohol, according to the statement.