December 12, 2018
Las Vegas Nevada

Report: Valley man charged with murdering baby daughter had threatened to kill her last summer

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –

A man accused of killing his 10-month-old daughter had threatened to murder her and her twin brother last June, according to a Metro police report cited in court documents.

Eric Chu, 31, charged with murdering baby Jordyn Chu, was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Chicago on Jan. 26, three days after her death.

On Tuesday, Chu was extradited back to Las Vegas and booked into the Clark County Detention Center where he faces one count of Open Murder, according to Las Vegas Metro Police.

[RELATED: Father arrested for killing 10-month-old baby in northwest Las Vegas]

On Jan. 23, at about 4:51 p.m., Metro police were called to the 9200 block of West Charleston Boulevard to respond to a 10-month-old baby, identified as Jordyn Chu, who was not breathing, and a man (Eric Chu), threatening medical staff.

Jordyn was taken to Summerlin Hospital with life-threatening injuries that appeared to be a result of battery, Metro said. Jordyn died the next night.

Police identified Chu as the suspect, determined he had left Las Vegas, and arrested him in Chicago.

Chu told police he had taken a nap and woke up to find Jordyn not breathing and convulsing, and he called 911, according to his arrest report. She had multiple skull fractures and brain bleeds and a doctor saw a red mark along the side of Jordyn’s temple and another red mark on the inside of her left leg.

Jordyn’s mother said she was at work and Jordyn had no injuries when her mother left, according to court documents. Jordyn’s twin brother also had marks on his neck and bruises on his face, according to the ER doctor at the hospital.

Eric Chu claimed he did not cause the injuries and that the 10-month-old twins liked to “roughhouse” in their playpen.

The arrest report also said, Chu was diagnosed with bi polar disorder and schizophrenia when he was younger and that he was not taking necessary medications, according to Jordyn’s mother. She said he had been stressed out because of the twins for the past three months, and on the day her daughter died Chu said, ‘Why did we have to have two, one would have been fine.” She recalled another time when the twins were crying and Eric said, “I see why parents kill their kids.”

He had been convicted of domestic battery or battery three times since 2014. Jordyn’s mother said Eric has hit her on several occasions, is very aggressive and she was afraid of him. After the incident in June, she said Chu was going to end up killing the twins, according to the police report.

“They seemed well behaved. Very nice kids,” neighbor Gerry Templeton said. “They were little, but I know they took care of them, I thought! The mother I know did.”

An autopsy of Jordyn Chu found a traumatic injury to her abdomen, four skull fractures, and the report noted that no medical condition can account for a severe traumatic injury to her skull. It said her injuries were a result of blunt force trauma consistent with homicide.

Jordyn had been struggling with seizures for the past few months, according to her mother. Doctors said they found evidence of both new and old brain bleeds.

Child Protective Services had been called out to the home before, when Jordyn’s twin brother had a broken arm. The father said it was because he fell off the bed.

Dr. Valerie Williams-Goss, a therapist who specializes in domestic abuse cases, said these types of crimes almost never develop overnight; that’s why it is so important for people to catch warning signs.

“If anything this should be a wake up call to CPS,” she said. “The child should not have been kept in that environment.”

FOX5 has not yet been able to get in touch with anyone from CPS due to the holiday weekend.

Anyone with information about this case was asked to contact the Metro Police Abuse and Neglect Section by phone at 702-828-3364.

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