Polk man on trial for baby daughter's starvation death
BARTOW (AP) - A Lakeland man is on trial for charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child after prosecutors say he starved his infant daughter to death in 2009.
The Lakeland Ledger reports that Chauncey Gardner's 5-month-old baby was found dead Nov. 1, 2009.
A police report said Gardner and the baby's mother, Tivasha Logan, told detectives that they were unaware they had been feeding the baby an improper ratio of powdered formula to water.
Gardner, 30, has 10 children from several different women and helped take care of his children when he was able to do so and not in jail or prison.
Logan is serving a life sentence in prison after being found guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated manslaughter of a child.