Anchorage man arrested in beating death of baby

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the beating death of his 2-month-old daughter.

Sean Christopher Duncan, 29, was arrested Wednesday evening.

Duncan inflicted numerous injuries on Gabrielle Duncan, including a fractured skull that caused her death, police Lt. Ken Cole said. Gabrielle was not breathing when paramedics arrived at the family's mobile home on the evening of Sept. 17. She was pronounced dead later that night.

Gabrielle's twin sister, whose name was not released, was also beaten and also suffered a fractured skull, Cole said. The infant was hospitalized.

Both girls showed signs of having been beaten as early as 2 weeks of age, according to police.

Investigators were also weighing the possibility that one or both parents would be charged with ''extreme neglect'' of their children, Cole said.

No other people were considered suspects in the case, he said.

Besides the twins, at least two other children, one 2 and the other 7, lived at the home in a trailer park at the Glenn Highway and Muldoon Road, Cole said. Apparently, Duncan is not their biological father, he said.

Those children as well as Gabrielle's sister were placed in the care of the state Division of Family and Youth Services after Gabrielle was killed, according to police.

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