Gwinnett man accused in 3-month-old daughter’s death hires attorney

Charles Hamilton was arrested Saturday after arriving back in Atlanta from the Dominican Republic. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

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Charles Hamilton was arrested Saturday after arriving back in Atlanta from the Dominican Republic. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

A Gwinnett County man charged in the death of his 3-month-old daughter made his first appearance in court Monday, officials said.

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Charles Hamilton (Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department)

Charles Hamilton (Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department)

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Charles Hamilton (Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department)

Charles Hamilton told the court he understood the charges of felony murder, cruelty to children and aggravated battery against him and said he has hired his own attorney, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The 44-year-old was arrested Saturday by the FBI after he stepped off a Delta Air Lines flight that had just arrived in Atlanta from the Dominican Republic, FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said.

Police said he left three days after the beating that sent his daughter, Adriana Hamilton, to the hospital, and the day before she died from her injuries.

He had been on the run for several days. Authorities found Hamilton's car in a parking lot at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last week.

Hamilton remains in jail without bond, which can only be set by a superior court judge. He is due back in court next month.

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