Clarence Thomas of Yonkers accused in shaking death of 6-month-old daughter

A police car in Yonkers. (June 13, 2012) A police car in Yonkers. (June 13, 2012) Photo Credit: Susan Stava

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A Yonkers father has been accused of shaking his 6-month-old daughter to death at his Ludlow Street home.

Clarence Thomas, 30, was arrested by Yonkers detectives Wednesday night at the home.

Police said that officers and an ambulance were called to Thomas' home on March 14 at 6:10 a.m. because of a report that the baby, identified as Natalia Johns, was not breathing.

The infant was rushed to Saint Joseph's Medical Center but could not be resuscitated. She was pronounced dead that morning at the hospital.

The Yonkers police detective division's child abuse squad opened an investigation into the child's death along with the Westchester County district attorney's office and the county medical examiner's office.

On Wednesday night, two Yonkers detectives interviewed people connected to the case and arrested Thomas.

Yonkers Police Det. Lt. Patrick McCormack declined to comment on the case because the investigation is continuing.

Thomas was arraigned in Yonkers City Court on a charge of second-degree assault, a felony that carries a 7-year maximum prison sentence with a conviction. He was sent to Westchester County Jail. His lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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