Lexington father in court after baby dies of suffocation

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Lexington father accused in his 2-month-old daughter's death answered to the charges Tuesday afternoon.

William McKenzie, 30, is charged with manslaughter. Lexington police say Ava Grace McKenzie suffocated from a blanket wrapped around her face.

Appearing in court in a video feed from jail, McKenzie requested a lawyer. He hopes to get out of jail in time to bury his baby.

"I've never been a danger to nobody. I can't make bond. I've got to bury my child right now, ma'am," said McKenzie, "ma'am I need a real attorney. The news done changed this stuff all the way around. All that never happened like that."

The judge did reduce McKenzie's bond to $25,000 full cash. He will be back in court November 21st.

Ava Grace's mother is still trying to raise money to pay for the baby's funeral. To donate, click the link below.

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