Joshua Kruzik, was interviewed by San Bernardino County sheriff's on Nov. 30 and later arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of Audrey Allen, according to a San Bernardino County sheriff's news release.
Kruzik was staying with the baby's parents,Timothy and Melissa Allen, when the infant was injured on Nov. 20. Kruzik was interviewed by detectives before he was scheduled to return to North Carolina.
That day, deputies responded to the 6200 block of Daisy Avenue in Twentynine Palms after Timothy Allen came home and found his baby in her crib not breathing. Both Timothy and Melissa Allen are Marines stationed in Twentynine Palms, according to the release.
The baby was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center where she was later declared brain dead. The medical staff reported the injuries as suspicious in nature. Homicide detectives were sent to investigate. The Coroner's Office later determined the baby died because of blunt force trauma, according to the release.
Kruzik is a corporal with the Marines and was staying with the Allens while undergoing training in Twentynie Palms. Kruzik is stationed at the New River Air Station in Jacksonville. Deputies traveled to North Carolina on Nov. 30 to interview Kruzik a second time. He was arrested after that interview. He was being held on base pending his extradition to San Bernardino County.
He will be arrested on suspicion of murder and willful injury to a child causing death and be held without bail, authorities said.
Anyone with information can contact sheriff's Detective Scott Landen or Sgt. Frank Bell of the Homicide Detail at 909-387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the WeTip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the WeTip Hotline at www.wetip.com.