Man charged in 2-year-old daughter's death

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Police say Joseph Cody Carlisle backed over his 2-year-old daughter and caused major injury, possibly putting her in an immediate coma and refused to get her medical treatment. Police say this led to her death. It all happened after Carlisle got into an argument with his girlfriend.

“They got into a disagreement. She went to bed and supposedly Carlisle went outside and sat in his vehicle,” Thompson says.

On that September night in 2015, detectives say the girlfriend’s 5-year-old child saw the entire incident. They say the child explained that Carlisle ran over the 2-year-old in the driveway. Police say the 5-year-old saw the 2-year-old being drug from under the Jeep and slammed onto the hood before Carlisle took the child inside.

Detectives say the witness demonstrated how the 2-year-old was put in the crib using a doll. The child indicated the girl might have been thrown.

“The next morning, the girlfriend tried to wake the child up. The child didn’t wake up,” Thompson says.

Investigators say doctors told them the 2-year-old suffered multiple blunt-force injuries to the head causing severe bleeding and swelling. Saying they were not sure if all of the injuries were because of the Jeep.

“Investigators were waiting on the autopsy report to come back,” Thompson says.

It’s been one year and six months since the incident happened. In court, they say it was Carlisle who called to check on the status. That’s when the medical examiner’s office was contacted and full report was given to them and Carlisle was arrested.

Carlisle is charged with manslaughter – culpable negligence had his bond reduced from $500,000 to $250,000. Carlisle has two previous felony convictions and now has a hold preventing him from bonding.