Dad, grandfather arrested after Akron baby's death

Marshals: Suspect's father tried to hit deputy

AKRON, Ohio - U.S. Marshals have arrested an Akron man wanted in the death of his 11-week-old daughter.

Akron police said 31-year-old Dennis Watson was with his young daughter last month when she received life-threatening injuries.

Watson was arrested in Columbus around 7:15 p.m. Friday. According to Marshals, Watson was getting into a car driven by his father as deputies attempted to arrest him. That's when Dennis Watson Sr. attempted to run over one of the deputies, authorities said.

Both Watsons were taken to the Franklin County Jail. Dennis Watson Jr. will be taken back to Summit County within the next 10 days.

According to Akron police, the baby's mother noticed the girl was lethargic and wasn't eating. The baby, Avionna Helms, also had bruising on the side of her head.

Avionna was taken to a doctor's office, then to Akron Children's Hospital, where she later died.

"We've got a little 2-month-old here in our office that we need a squad to transfer over to Children's Hospital as soon as possible. The baby is just kind of unresponsive. This is after a head injury," the caller told the 911 dispatcher.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office said the baby suffered "multiple injuries." and died from blunt force trauma to the head. Following an autopsy on Thursday, the coroner ruled the death a homicide.

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