Cop Charged With Murder Of 3-Month-Old Daughter After Fundraising For Her Death

Ewing Township Police Officer Daniel Bannister has been charged with the murder of his three-month-old baby girl.

Ewing, NJ – A Ewing police officer was charged with the murder of his three-month-old baby girl on Wednesday.

Police said they were summoned to the home of 31-year-old Ewing Township Police Officer Daniel Bannister on Dec. 5, 2018 for a report of a baby who was unresponsive and having trouble breathing, KYW reported.

"My husband is an officer, so he’s working with her right now, but we need help," the baby’s mother, Catherine Bannister, told the operator when she called 911.

When the ambulance arrived, medics determined that three-month-old Hailey Rose was suffering from a heart attack, WKXW reported.

The baby was transported to Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell in critical condition, and once there, doctors discovered she was also suffering from a fractured skull, a brain bleed, and multiple fractured ribs.

Doctors said that the nature of the little girl’s injuries indicated a pattern of abuse, according to KYW.

Hailey Rose was transferred to Robert Wood Johnson Children’s Hospital in New Brunswick for advanced treatment, but she died six days later on Dec. 11, 2018, WKXW reported.

“It was concluded that Hailey’s cause of death was complications from blunt impact trauma of the head including skull fractures and subdural hemorrhage,” the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office told the Cherry Hill Courier-Post.

Authorities launched an investigation on the day that the Bannisters’ baby was taken to the hospital after police were notified about the “suspicious nature of Hailey’s injuries.”

Before the baby died, Officer Bannister and his wife set up a GoFundMe campaign that said Hailey Rose had suffered a "catastrophic brain injury" and asked for financial support.

Generous donors contributed $17,618 toward the baby's medical bills and then funeral expenses, WKXW reported.

A spokesman for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office told WKXW that Officer Bannister had been suspended with pay from the police department in December, shortly after his daughter died.

Officer Bannister joined the Ewing Township Police Department in May of 2017, KYW reported.

The officer was arrested on July 17 and charged with Hailey’s murder.

His wife, Catherine, was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, in connection with her daughter’s death, according to the Cherry Hill Courier-Post.

The couple also have a son together, WKXW reported.

Officer Bannister was due to appear in court on Thursday. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion asking to have Hailey Rose’s father detained pending trial, KYW reported.

Comments (18)
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shooter
shooter

As a former officer, all I can say is that I hope this turd rots in prison/hell and makes a lot of new friends whose names are "Bubba."

Rusty123
Rusty123

What happened to due process, charged, not found guilty by a judge or jury.

Klj281
Klj281

Please please put that piece of crap in general population.

Bluesupporter
Bluesupporter

Just so people know; the Obama admin set into place monetary awards for counties that prosecute "child injury" cases. I'm not saying he did or didn't, all I'm saying is, don't be like "black lives matter", don't condemn before all the facts are in, counties are incentivised to prosecute. I've personally seen several parents charged for injury or death, and facts proved otherwise. If he did, may he rot in hell.

JBo
JBo

If I live to be 100, I'll never understand how someone can do this to an infant. If the guy is guilty, a death sentence wouldn't be enough.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Initial facts look bad, but as someone else mentioned, we ask for people to withhold judgment on shootings, we should do the same in some of these cases.

Children can present with injuries that appear to be "clear abuse" that sometimes - rarely, but sometimes - have other causes. I remember a "brittle bones" case where a child was removed for abuse and the family went through hell to be cleared, other cases with less severe injuries (such as bruises) which were from underlying capillary disorders and/or just extremely delicate skin.

If he's guilty? Yeah, throw the book at him, and while this smells like a cesspool, we don't know for sure yet if it's his shit.

Don't even get me started on knee-jerk CYA reactions from child services.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

If this is true, he is a total Disgrace to the badge and what we stand for. To protect those who can’t protect themselves, is what we’re supposed to do. This piece of shit did it to his own daughter? If he’s convicted, this guy won’t last. He’ll probably try to off himself before anything. Guys like this can’t handle real shit. That’s why he took it out on his infant daughter. Sound like they better screen their officers better before they hire.

The express
The express

My God take this little girl with him and give her eternal life.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

First of all, @SandyMalone this headline either makes no sense, or is inaccurate. The GoFundMe account was set up to help with her treatment for her injuries; it had nothing to do with her death, until after she died. The current headline makes it seem like he was fundraising for her death, which is not the case.

There has to be more to this story.... He was suspended back in December, but criminally charged in July? If he did it, he deserves to be under the jail, no arguments there, however without knowing the entire story (and I'm sure the investigators know more that they aren't releasing), I won't condemn him completely. Lets see what the trial reveals.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

JBo I am with you on this one! I cannot wrap my mind around how you can do that to your own child or anyone elses!!! RIP sweet angel no one can hurt you now 🙏🏼💔😞

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

That poor little girl must have been in such pain, my heart goes out to her. Her mother should have noted something wrong just taking care of her, picking her up, changing her, bathing her, bruising crying for no reason. I hope they both pay the price for what they did or didn't do for her.

Hazel16
Hazel16

P.O.S..Please Put this horrid excuse for a human in General Population and Make it well known what hes in for and let inmate Justice do the rest .