The Marion Police Department has announced an arrest in the death of an infant.

According to a media release from the Marion Police Department, they arrested 22-year-old Samuel Goodwin earlier today on charges related to a medical call that happened in the 400 block of 9th St. in Marion on April 4, 2021.

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On April 4, 2021, at approximately 9:40 a.m., medical personnel and the Marion Police Department responded to a report of an infant that wasn't breathing and was non-responsive. The baby did not survive and the release states an autopsy showed the infant had passed "due to multiple head injuries and the manner of death was determined to be by homicide".

According to the release, Goodwin, the biological father of the baby that passed away, told investigators that he "was the only adult that cared for his son during the overnight hours of April 3, 2021, through April 4, 2021. Goodwin reported the baby would not stop crying and would not take the bottle. Goodwin reported he became flustered and irritated with the baby. Through interviews with Goodwin, it was determined and Goodwin also acknowledged that he was responsible for the baby’s death,"

Goodwin has been charged with 1st Degree Murder and Child Endangerment Causing Death. He is being held at the Linn County Jail on Mays Island.

The investigation was conducted by the Marion Police Department, Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Office of the Medical Examiner, and Linn County Attorney's Office.

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