A Kentucky man is being investigated for murder following the shooting death of his girlfriend, whose newborn died only four days after the incident.
Daniel Nantz has been identified as the primary suspect in the murder of Geri Johnson, according to WKYT.
Last week, Johnson, 29, was admitted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center with a gunshot wound and died in hospital, the Lexington Herald Leader reports. Johnson was pregnant at the time, and staff were able to successfully deliver baby Amelia.
However, the baby, who was in critical condition, died four days after her mother, according to the Herald Leader.
Both deaths have been ruled homicides.
The Kentucky State Police said Nantz was arrested on March 19. He was initially arrested on an unrelated methamphetamine distribution charge, according to People.
“We will be seeking fetal homicide charges as well as murder charges against him,” State Trooper Lloyd Cochran said, according to WKYT. “We don’t know what the grand jury will ultimately decide, but that is what we will be seeking.”
Authorities said they would not comment on the motive or the details surrounding the shooting, WKYT reports.
A friend of Johnson’s, Theresa Jarvis, said on Facebook that Johnson’s death “has brought me to my knees.”
“I will forever keep you alive in my heart and my mind,” Jarvis wrote on her profile. “There will never be another like you. You are truly irreplaceable.”
Nantz is being held without bond, according to online jail records.
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