Man sentenced to prison time for infant daughter’s death

Man sentenced to prison time for infant daughter’s death
Dawson F. Randof, 18, Searcy (Source: White Co. Sheriff's Office)

SEARCY, AR (KAIT) - A judge sentenced a man to 42 months in prison in the death of his two-month-old daughter.

Circuit Judge Robert Edwards handed down that sentence after Dawson Frederick Randof, 18, of Searcy entered a negotiated plea of guilty to a manslaughter charge.

Randof had originally been charged with second-degree murder in the 2017 death of his nine-week-old daughter, Astrid.

According to the original affidavit, the baby was taken to the hospital after she was found unresponsive and gasping for air.

After running multiple tests, doctors determined the infant had suffered multiple broken bones, including several leg fractures and broken ribs. She also had bleeding in the brain, the court documents said.

A doctor with Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock said the baby’s injuries were caused either by a “jerking” or “shaking motion.”

She told investigators, according to the affidavit, that the injuries “would have taken an extreme amount of force.”

The baby died four days after being admitted to the hospital.

In addition to the 42 months minus time served, the judge also ordered Randof to pay all court costs and fees.

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