The trial for the Nevada man who was arrested in connection with the death of his infant daughter last month is set for April 3, according to court documents filed Monday.
Calvin Curtis White, 29, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death, both Class A felonies punishable by life in prison.
According to Nevada Police Chief Ricardo Martinez, officers received a call from the mother of the child around 2:15 p.m. on Jan. 29 in the 200 block of West M Avenue in Nevada, stating that the child was not breathing. Martinez said the child died shortly after officers arrived.
White allegedly admitted via phone messages to killing her by placing pillows over her to “prevent hearing her cry,” according to court documents, which also alleged that White said in the phone messages that he “knew something like this would happen” and that he had been “slowly killing her for awhile.”
Documents did not indicate to whom or when the messages were sent.
White was listed as the sole caregiver of his daughter during that time period, documents show.
Shortly after being called to White’s home, officers were called to the train tracks near the city’s water tower where White was struck by a train after allegedly walking west on the north tracks.
White was taken to a Des Moines hospital where he was later released, and arrested and charged with the death of his daughter.
As of Monday afternoon, Martinez said he still cannot say for sure whether there is a connection between the child’s death and White’s accident. An autopsy on the child was performed earlier this month, and Martinez said police are still waiting for those results.
White remained held in the Story County Jail Monday on $1 million bail.