Investigators originally thought Atu Campbell’s daughter was killed in a car accident, but new evidence suggested that was not the case.
Photo: Shelby County District Attorney's Office
Photo: Shelby County District Attorney's Office

Dad pleads guilty to murder in baby girl's death that police originally thought was accidental

Investigators originally thought Atu Campbell’s daughter was killed in a car accident, but new evidence suggested that was not the case. 

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According to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, Campbell drove his vehicle off the intersection of Dove Street and Baskin Street in Frayser and struck a fence. 

That happened on Oct. 25, 2012. 

Police said Anyiah Nabors – Campbell’s daughter – was found face down on the floor of the backseat, and the baby seat was upside down and not properly secured. 

An off-duty firefighter who witnessed the accident said Nabors had a faint pulse, but she wasn’t breathing, was pale and had a “stiff body type.”

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Investigators found later that the baby had injuries – including fractured ribs and a lacerated liver – that were “not consistent with involvement in a minor traffic accident.”

Campbell was sentenced to 20 years in prison without the possibility for parole for second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. 

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