Phoenix dad pleads not guilty in baby's killing

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- A Phoenix man accused of killing and abusing his infant daughter has pleaded not guilty.
 
Maricopa County prosecutors say 39-year-old Duryea Dupri Bennett was arraigned Wednesday. His next court date is scheduled for Dec. 17.
 
Bennett was booked into jail on Oct. 9 on suspicion of first-degree murder and of child abuse.
 
Authorities received a 911 call the previous day that 1-month-old Natalyah Bennett wasn't breathing.
 
Phoenix police say paramedics noticed bruising on the baby and hospital personnel also found a skull fracture, broken ribs, bite marks and injuries consistent with a sexual assault.
 
They say the mother wasn't home and the father was alone with seven children ranging in age from 1 month old to 14 years old.
 
Police say none of the other children showed signs of abuse.

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