MIDLAND (WJRT) (11/13/2017) - Court documents unsealed Monday outline how 20-month-old Delilah Bieski died and why her father is accused of killing her.
The documents say 24-year-old Zachary Bieski was having an argument with his girlfriend on Oct. 24 when he forcefully threw her into a crib. She hit her head on the rail and died three days later from head trauma.
Zachary Bieski was arraigned Monday on charges of felony murder, second-degree murder and child abuse. If convicted, he could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Court documents say Bieski confessed to police that week that he knew Delilah had been hurt when she hit the bed rail, but he did not seek any medical attention for her.
The following day, Bieski told police that Delilah took a long nap and he he discovered she had vomited, but again didn't seek medical attention.
The girlfriend rushed Delilah to MidMichigan Medical Center the next day on Oct. 26 after the infant experienced what appeared to be seizures. Doctors diagnosed Delilah with a skull fracture on the back of her head, along with brain swelling and bleeding on the brain.
That Friday on Oct. 27, Delilah was pronounced dead around 7 p.m. after her organs were donated.
Bieski's attorney, Daniel Duke, said his client wasn't the main suspect in the child abuse case at first.
"The information we had was the girlfriend was responsible," Duke said. "She was with the child when it happened, or when the child was first taken to the emergency room."
Bieski stood mute during his arraignment on Monday, so the court entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. He remained in custody at the Midland County Jail with no bond awaiting further court hearings.
"Zach doesn't have any prior criminal record, so its kind of a surprise," Duke said. "He seemed reasonably calm and is willing to address the situation."
Midland County Prosecutor J. Dee Brooks did not rule out more criminal charges being filed in the case, as the Midland Police Department continues its investigation.
"Obviously a tragic situation, but I do think the police have really done an excellent job so far," he said.