Dad Charged with Third-Degree Murder in Child's Death

Edward Doyle, 28, was arrested Sunday on endangering the welfare of a child charge, but court officials upgraded that to a third-degree murder charge Tuesday.

The Upper Moreland man accused of killing his infant daughter was charged this morning with third-degree murder.

Edward Doyle, of the 2500 block of Horsham Road, was arrested on child endangerment Sunday, but court officials upgraded the incident to a murder charge after the autopsy of Makayla Doyle was completed on Monday.

Doctor Isidore Mihalakis, a forensic pathologist, performed an autopsy on Makayla and found multiple broken ribs, skull fractures and injuries to her nose consistent with pinching the nasal airway, according to a press release.

Doyle told police he was carrying his two-month old daughter after a night of drinking when he tripped and fell on top of the infant.

Mihalakis watched a video in which Doyle demonstrated how he fell while holding Makayla, but the doctor said the demonstration was inconsistent with the injuries sustained to Makayla’s skull. Mihalakis ruled the death a homicide.

At a press conference Tuesday, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Upper Moreland Police Chief Alex Levy announced they will charge Doyle with with third-degree murder, endangering the Welfare of children and unsworn falsification to authorities.

That last charge comes from the inconsistencies in Doyle's story to police and the autopsy results. Doyle, who stands 6-foot-1-inch and weighs 275 pounds, told police he should not have been caring for his daughter “because [he had] drank too drunk.”

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 5 at 10 a.m. before Magisterial District Judge Paul N. Leo in Hatboro.

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Ronnie Aufiero February 27, 2013 at 06:26 PM
I met Ed Doyle, I know family members who are in shock but what had happened. I am in disbelief to why his wife would be leaving the home knowing Ed was so intoxicated to leave him alone with the e children at #:30 am with a baby in a swing at that time in the morning with their parents partying ....I really need to know why we do not hear anything about mom who walked out to party at a male neighbor's apartment, She is just as responsible for this innocent child's death. My prayer's are with this innocent child.
Elise February 28, 2013 at 02:26 AM
THEY BOTH LEFT THE APT!!!my god people
John Preite February 28, 2013 at 03:12 AM
They both left the apartment. They both left the baby in a swing. They both should be charged
Donna Reich March 04, 2013 at 02:41 AM
For all you assholes saying he is a good father and we shouldn't judge him. Fuck you for defending him. He is a baby killer how can you defend a baby killer. Also if he didn't do anything wrong then why lie to the police. Please stop defending this baby killer. He is totally guilty and need to pay for what he has done.
parent March 06, 2013 at 05:07 AM
Its a shame that all of you believe everything you hear. Put yourself in this situation people are grieving and your judging. Makayla is not gossip or a situation she was and is child that is loved very much. So take a look at yourselves for making her any less than that


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