WATERLOO, Iowa --- An Iowa Falls man told police he shook his infant daughter because she wouldn't stop crying.

The child, 2-month-old Aubriana Christian, later died of injuries consistent with shaking, according to court records.

On Tuesday, a judge increased bond for the father, 27-year-old Trevor Eugene Smith, when he appeared in court on charges of first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death.

Bond had been originally set at $350,000, but District Associate Judge Joseph Moothart upped it to $600,000 at the request of Assistant County Attorney Linda Fangman.

Fangman asked for the increase because of the seriousness of the charge.

Flanked by Public Defender Aaron Hawbaker, Smith said little during his short courtroom appearance aside disclosing his home mailing address and phone number.

Moothart set a tentative preliminary hearing date for Jan. 25.

Smith, an Iowa Falls native, was living in Waterloo for a brief time in the fall when the incident with his daughter occurred.

He later returned to Iowa Falls and had been living there until his arrest on Monday evening.

Although the child died in October, officers didn't make the arrest until this week because investigators were awaiting the outcome of medical reports, said Capt. Tim Pillack with the Waterloo Police Department.

According to court records, Smith was caring for his daughter at a Wellington Street apartment on Sept. 26 when he called 911.

He told officers that he was feeding the baby a bottle when she “went stiff and had trouble breathing,” court records state.

She was taken to Covenant Medical Center and then flown to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Doctors said the child was suffering from a brain bleed consistent with non-accidental trauma. She was later removed from life support and died Oct. 2.

Smith later admitted that he shook the girl on two occasions because she wouldn't stop crying.

First-degree murder is punishable by life in prison without parole upon conviction. The child endangerment charge carries up to 50 years in prison.


Earlier: Father arrested in infant's death

9 p.m. - WATERLOO, Iowa --- Police have arrested a former Waterloo man in connection with fatal injuries to his infant daughter last year.

Trevor Smith, 27, address unavailable, was arrested Monday evening for first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death. He was taken to the Black Hawk County Jail.

Bond was set at $350,000.

According to court records, Smith was caring for his 2-month-old daughter, Aubriana Jo Christian, at 1012 Wellington St. on Sept. 26.

At 10:32 p.m., he called 911 to report the baby wasn't breathing. Dispatchers talked him through CPR steps over the phone until paramedics with Waterloo Fire Rescue arrived.

Aubriana was taken to Covenant Medical Center, where doctors determined she had a brain bleed, according to court records. The child was then moved to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Physicians diagnosed the injury as non-accidental trauma, court records state. She died Oct. 2 in the Iowa City hospital.

During the investigation, Smith told police he had just finished feeding the child and put her on his shoulder to burp her when he heard gasping noises, court records state.

He then called the child’s mother, Samantha Christian, and she told him to call 911.

Officers searched the apartment but were unable to find the bottle. Smith later admitted to shaking the infant in August, records state.

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