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Dad Charged in Death of 2-Month-Old Daughter

Edward Doyle, 28, of Upper Moreland, faces charges after his 2-month-old, who had bruises and cuts on her face, died Sunday.

A 28-year-old Upper Moreland man admitted to police that he should not have been taking care of his 2-month-old daughter Saturday because he had “drank too much” that night, according to the arrest affidavit.

Edward Doyle, 28, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child in the death of his daughter, Makayla, who was pronounced dead Sunday morning at Abington Memorial Hospital. She had swelling on her forehead and bruising and cuts on the bridge of her nose, according to police.

According to the report, Doyle and his wife, Nicole Lavelle, 30, were at a friend’s apartment after a card game with friends. The couple were arguing over taxes and finances when Doyle decided to return to their apartment at 3 a.m. Doyle told police he removed his daughter from the baby swing after she began to cry.

He then walked with her in his arms through the kitchen and tripped on the leg of the baby swing and fell on top of Makayla’s body, the affidavit said. Doyle checked on her Sunday morning at about 7:15 a.m. and called police because she was unresponsive, according to the affidavit.

When police first interviewed Doyle, he told them he had gone to the American Legion in Willow Grove for a friend’s birthday party Saturday night. He said he had six pints of Budweiser at the bar, the affidavit said. Then, he said, he and friends returned to his apartment, in the 2500 block of Horsham Road, to play cards, according to the affidavit.

While his wife was getting a DVD from a neighbor after 3 a.m., Doyle fell asleep. When Doyle awoke later Sunday morning, he told police, Makayla was in the swing “white as a ghost” and “limp.” That's when he called 911.

It wasn’t until after further questioning that Doyle admitted he didn’t tell the police the complete truth, according to the affidavit. He then told them about the argument he and his wife had, and how he fell on top of the baby after picking her up, the affidavit said.

Lavelle claims that after the argument, she stayed in her neighbor's apartment another hour, and when she returned to her apartment, Doyle was a sleep and the baby was in the swing, according to the affidavit.

Based on the interviews with Doyle, Lavelle and the neighbor, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman decided to move forward with the charges of child endangrment against Doyle.

Doyle is being held in Montgomery County prison in lieu of $1 million bail. The preliminary hearing on the endangering of welfare of a child charge is currently scheduled for March 5 at 10 a.m. before Magisterial District Judge Paul Leo.

Irving Mcdaniels February 25, 2013 at 06:59 PM
What a shithead.
qdogPa February 25, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Not buying the story of Mr Doyle....but whatever the story is he should jailed for the rest of his life...
Concerned parent February 25, 2013 at 10:02 PM
They should charge the wife to she sound just a guilty! Who was watching those kids while they were playing cards? Douch bags!!!
Brian February 25, 2013 at 11:44 PM
They kids were with them at the game, which is obvious... *douche bags.
Brian February 25, 2013 at 11:46 PM
I live in Robert Bruce East, literally 60 feet from their complex. Met the man once or twice... Didn't seem very intelligent, or trust worthy.
John Preite February 26, 2013 at 02:07 PM
The wife is equaly as guilty,,,Who in their right mind leaves these 2 little ones alone for any length of time. I also think the VFW post should be charged as I have seen far too many times they will serve drinks to someone well beyond intoxification. If this guy had hals a brain he'd still be a half wit. This poor baby had to suffer because 2 adults couldn't handle parenthood. My prayers are with the intelligent life in that family
Kay February 26, 2013 at 02:26 PM
This is just so sad..
Nancy J Ferguson February 26, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Why was the baby left in a swing while they slept? Why didn't mom put the baby to bed. A 2 month old can suffocate if left unattended in a swing.
LMD February 26, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Agreed this case is still not settled. Too many unanswered questions.
Love25 February 26, 2013 at 07:45 PM
I have many articles one several news sites, and it now come out from the autopsy report that poor baby had multiple rib fractures, skull fractures and injuries to her nasal airway consistent with PINCHING. I don't know about the rest of you, especially the people out there defending him as to what a "good father" he was, but PINCHING of the nasal airway is not a result of falling on a child. This guy intentionally held that baby's nose, to me that is intent enough for murder. Why would one intentionally cut off a babay's nasal airways if you did not want it to stop breathing? What a disgusting pig.
Gene Elchert February 27, 2013 at 01:58 PM
shame on you people for passing judgement and NOT KNOWING HIM AT ALL!!!!!!!
Love25 February 27, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Shame on you Gene, for defending this horrible person. I don't know if you read the article in Phillyburbs, but the child's skull was fractured in so many places they have not even finished counting. Also revealed was that in 2011 he choked and threw his wife to ground and was guilty of Simple Assault. Apparently, you don't know him very well either. You can not get mad at others for pointing out that this is not a daily parental mistake, I don't care how many people say he is good father. He killed his child and lied about it. How can you defend someone like that?
Barbara February 27, 2013 at 10:54 PM
I agree, the wife should be charged as well. She did not even check on her daughter who was in the swing, she just left her there. So sad.
Donna Reich March 04, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Gene shame on you for defending a killer. What the fuck. You need to be charged for defending a child killer. He is a fucked up child killing drugie that needs to be put on death row. I totally agree with you love25. Gene you sould be a shamed of yourself. My god Gene I guess you don't care about children.
Kay Figart March 05, 2013 at 04:50 AM
Man fuck you both! That's my husband and we love our kids. You people don't know anything about this family! Where did u get drugs at? Adding your own shit? Wow your just as bad as the media. If phillyburbs told you that crack was good for you, would you have done it???????
Kay Figart March 05, 2013 at 04:53 AM
That father was doing anything a good parent would do, trying to console a crying child and a tragic accident happened! You all should be ashamed of yourselves for making this man guilty before innocent when it's the other way around! Look at your own life and ask yourself if you would want to be judged in ANYTHING you do.
Constitutional Rights!!! March 05, 2013 at 05:11 AM
What happened to his rights Innocent until proven guilty!!!! Why don't everyone save their comments until after he is FOUND guilty! Until then you are all guilty of running your mouths behind what the media has to say but see the last time I checked his record he wasn't convicted of simple assault why don't you all pull his docket sheets its public information and gather the facts then jump on here and state facts not what philly burbs feels like writing to get people like all of you to keep reading!!!!!
parent March 06, 2013 at 05:22 AM
I hope for all of your sakes you are perfect for the rest of your lives I hope you never expirence loss hurt or sadness because if you do I hope everyone is as ignorant rude and heartless as you. All of you take a grieving family's life and turn it into gossip. You wonder how he sleeps ask. Yourselves the same question!
openminded April 26, 2013 at 07:41 PM
i left my boys in a swing that young, or even a vibrating seat until they were old enough to sleep in the crib n hold their bottle bc if they threw up, it would run down their face n they wouldnt choke.... shes not a bad mother for keeping her daughter in the swing and maybe thats they only way her daughter would sleep!!!! and why would she wake her kids up if they were sleeping if she jus went a couple doors down after a fight?/ i woulda done the same thing that doesnt make her guilty of anything.. how was she to know he woulda pulled something like that???? i hope the mother of the baby sees what i am writing!! u were NOT in the wrong for keeping her in the swing that shouldnt of even been an issue.. and i hope nothing but the best for u and ur children bc this is sooo hard to go thru!!!

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