The trial of a St. Peter man accused of killing his infant daughter is scheduled to begin Monday in Nicollet County District Court.

Jeremy Jonason, 21, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of the 9-week-old girl on Sept. 18, 2007.

His arrest in February 2008 culminated a five-month investigation by St. Peter police and assisting law enforcement agencies.

On the night of the incident, St. Peter police were summoned by an emergency call regarding an unresponsive infant.

Authorities went to the apartment of Jonason and his wife, where Jonason told officers the girl had fallen asleep on his chest and was alive when he fell asleep with her on a couch, according to court documents.

Jonason said when he woke up, he noticed the girl wasn’t breathing, and he and his wife peformed CPR with no response.

An autopsy revealed the cause of death as asphyxia due to external compression of the chest. The infant also exhibited hemorrhages on the face, neck and arms, and multiple rib fractures in different stages of healing.

The cause of death was listed as homicide.

The investigation was prolonged because charges had to wait until final autopsy results were completed.

Jonason remained free but under suspicion until Feb. 11, when his wife reported he had assaulted her that day.

Jonason was taken into custody and remains in jail on $500,000 bail.

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