Columbia Police detectives arrested Cortavia Emon Smith, 20, of Columbia following a suspicious death investigation of an infant.
On March 12, 2018 at 4:28 a.m., Boone County Joint Communications received a report of a six-month-old female in cardiac arrest at 110 E. Nifong Boulevard, Break Time Convenience Store. The infant was transported by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. The infant was found to have bruising to her upper torso and head.
Detectives determined the infant was in the care of Smith, the father of the infant, at a residence in the 200 block of Switzler Street. In an interview, Smith reported he kicked the infant accidentally. Smith proceeded to transport the infant to Break Time where another family member was present.
Smith was arrested on 3/12/18 at 6:27 a.m. at 404 Keene Street, Women's and Children's Hospital, for Felony Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the First Degree with a bond to be set by the Court.