Father On Trial

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In the days after Falicia Guidry's death, Leo Guidry stuck to his story that he did nothing to harm his two-year-old daughter, but he had some ideas as to what caused her death.

In a videotaped interview, Leo Guidry suggested his daughter's death was due to previous injuries inflicted when she was with her mother. He says two-month-old Falicia Guidry was in his arms when she suddenly began vomiting and was otherwise unresponsive.

"We got to the house, and there was a note on the door," said Detective Mark Warden of the Washington County Sheriff's Department. "It basically said that the child woke up, was choking, and problems breathing and was transported to the hospital."

Those events happened between 9:30 and 10:00 the evening of last November 25, just moments before paramedics arrived.

According to paramedic Greg Worstell, "I saw a female subject holding a child that, once I got close to it, was lifeless, was blue, ashen in color, no movement.

Worstell says some of Falicia's normal skin color had returned by the time the rescue squad reached Marietta Memorial Hospital, but she died three days later at Columbus Children's Hospital.

Based in part on some of Guidry's comments, doctors at first believed Falicia had suffered from shaken baby syndrome. Her cause of death was later determined to be from swelling to the head brought on by blunt force.