Springfield father: ‘I didn’t mean to hurt her’

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Brian Hayslip, accused of shaking to death his 3-month-old baby, talks.

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Accused father said he panicked.

The father charged with the murder of his 3-month-old daughter said the death of his child was an accident.

“It was out of anger, I didn’t mean to hurt her,” Brian Hayslip, 22, of Springfield, told this news organization following an initial court appearance Thursday. “I wasn’t trying to hurt her at all.”

Hayslip is charged with murder and is being held at the Clark County Jail. He pleaded not guilty in front of Clark County Municipal Court Judge Thomas Trempe on Thursday morning during his arraignment on the murder charge. Trempe set his bond at $300,000. Hayslip requested a court-appointed attorney.

Investigators said Hayslip shook the infant, Lilly Hayslip, until she died Tuesday morning. Authorities said he was supposed to drop the child off at her grandmother’s house at noon that day but failed to do so. She was reported missing by her mother almost immediately. Just hours later Lilly was found in Mercer County, dead in a truck, and Hayslip was arrested nearby.

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Hayslip said in an emotional interview in which he cried multiple times that Lilly was playing on the floor just a few minutes before he began to feed her and she started to cry. He said she cried for almost 30 minutes before he became angry and began to shake her.

“I don’t know why I did it,” Hayslip said. “I really don’t. I have had anger problems my whole life.”

He said he did not know the child was dead, and he was panicking when he drove her to Mercer County.

“I was honestly just driving,” he said. “I didn’t know she was gone. I was panicking. I was scared.”

He said he was scared that “I might have done something that I would regret doing.”

Authorities Wednesday said they received information that the child was missing and soon received a 911 call that led police to her in Mercer County.

“There’s a pickup truck part way up our driveway pulled off in the mud hung up. There is a little baby in there and he’s dead,” the caller said. “There’s nobody here. We just opened the truck … and there’s a little baby in there and he’s cold.”

Hayslip was arrested in a field nearby. Authorities on Wednesday said he told them he was looking for a place to bury Lilly. He said that is false and that he did not know that she had died.

“I was sitting in the woods thinking I did something wrong,” Hayslip said. “I just sat there waiting.”

He said he thought Lilly was sleeping in the vehicle when he left.

But then why leave the baby in the car alone?

“I don’t know why I did,” he said. “Everything was just happening at once.”

Hayslip said he regrets his actions and is constantly thinking about Lilly.

“I am probably going to think about it for the rest of my life,” Hayslip said. “I’m sorry for everything I have ever done. If I could take back everything, I would.

“I am a terrible person,” he said. “I just want to tell … my ex fiancé … that I am sorry. I will always love her. I don’t want my family to forget about me.”

A next court date has not been set in the case.

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