A marine, reportedly a 2007 graduate of Panther Valley High School, is facing murder charges in California for the death of an 18-month old girl.
Joshua Kruzik, 21, a corporal stationed at New River Air Station in Jacksonville, N.C.,is being held aboard New River Air Station awaiting extradition to California on counts of willful injury to a child resulting in death and murder in the blunt force death of Audrey Allen, of Twentynine Palms, Calif., according to a press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
The death occurred on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the residence of Timothy and Melissa Allen in Twentynine Palms.
Timothy Allen is a marine who is stationed in Twentynine Palms, and was reportedly a friend of Kruzik. The local marine was staying with the Allens while on a training mission in Twentynine Palms. The Allens live in an off-base residence.
Kruzik has been charged with murder and willful injury to a child resulting in death, and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted, according to Sgt. Frank Bell, a sheriff's department homicide team supervisor.
According to police, on Nov. 20 at about 10:20 a.m., San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputies from the Twentynine Palms station responded to the Allen residence in the 6200 block of Daisy Avenue.
Allen found the baby in her crib, not breathing. Kruzik gave Audrey CPR until emergency personnel arrived.
The child was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center where she was declared brain dead, according to KMIR 6 in Palm Springs, Calif. She was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. the same day.
An autopsy showed that Audrey died of blunt trauma, and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.
Kruzik was arrested on Nov. 30 in North Carolina and is being held pending extradition to Califonria.