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Garland dad says he did not kill his daughter

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Two different stories are emerging about the death of a baby girl, allegedly at the hands of her father.

Spencer Claire White was just 5 weeks old when her life ended Friday night.

The child's father, Tommy White, Jr., volunteered to talk with FOX 4 from the Dallas County jail. The 20-year-old is charged with Capital Murder for allegedly killing his 5-week-old baby.

"I would never hurt my daughter," he said.

He said the baby was crying early Friday morning, so the child's mother went to get a pacifier.

White's mother and sister were also at the home in the 1300 block of Elmhurst in Garland, but they were asleep in separate rooms.

"My son had said that the baby was crying hard already. She handed him the baby," said Mary Olson.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, White told police he was hung over and had a headache.

White admits from jail that he started bouncing the girl, like he always does. He said he may have squeezed tightly, but said it wasn't enough to hurt her.

A few minutes later, the baby started gasping for air.

"I never heard her take deep breaths like that, she did three of them," said White.

Then he said she stopped breathing.

"911 was on the phone telling me what to do," White said.

White's sister started CPR, but it was too late. The 5-week-old died at Children's Medical Center.

He said the girl had old injuries and cast the blame on someone else. But, according to the police affidavit, White admitted to numerous assaults on the child.

"She wasn't crying," White said.

He admits that he has issues with depression and has been a self-cutter for years.

But, he insists he did not kill his daughter.

"I think they'll give me death penalty, but I'm innocent... never hurt a child," he said.

Police said they have no evidence that anyone else assaulted the child, and no one other than White has been charged with any crimes.

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