Man arrested on charges of sexual battery of a child now faces second-degree murder charge
A North Fort Myers arrested man arrested in April for capital sexual battery on a victim under 12 and aggravated child abuse now faces a second-degree murder charge.
A toddler was taken to the hospital with severe injuries after deputies found the child unresponsive at a home on W. Mariana Avenue at 1:43 p.m. on April 29.
Deputies say they met with the child’s caregiver, Nicholas Canfield, who was attempting lifesaving measures on the child. The 2-year-old was immediately taken to the hospital, where she later died according to the sheriff’s office.
Canfield, 25, initially faced charges of capital sexual battery on a victim under 12 and aggravated child abuse, but on May 18 the sheriff’s office added a second-degree murder charge.
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said three children were living in the home and another child was also found to have been abused by Canfield
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