Father faces capital murder charges in 3-year-old daughter's death

Father faces capital murder charges in 3-year-old daughter's death

A Gadsden police officer making a welfare check at a home on Crestview Drive in Gadsden made a tragic discovery — a 3-year-old girl, dead in a bathtub, Gadsden Police Capt. Scott Lumpkin said.

The child's father, Nikolas Joseph DiMaso, 23, was arrested Monday. Gadsden police obtained a warrant Tuesday charging him with capital murder — the murder of a child under 14 years of age.

Lumpkin said a family member asked police to go to the home in the 700 block of Crestview Drive early Monday afternoon after receiving a call from DiMaso saying the girl was unresponsive.

Lumpkin said investigators determined there was foul play, and took DiMaso into custody. He said they are awaiting a preliminary autopsy to determine the cause of death, but it appears the child suffered blunt force trauma injuries.

 

Gadsden fire medics responded with police to the report of a child who was unconscious, Fire Chief Wil Reed said. When they arrived, there was nothing they could to for the 3 year-old, he said.

An adult male was treated on the scene, Reed said, and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

During Tuesday's Gadsden City Council meeting, council member Thomas Worthy, a former police officer, speaking to Reed, said he was praying for the fire and police personnel who responded to the "horrific scene" Monday.