Ft. Campbell medic charged after infant daughter's rape, strangulation death


A Clarksville father was charged Wednesday after the brutal rape and death of his 9-month-old daughter.

WARNING: This story contains graphic content that some people might find disturbing.

The Clarksville Police Department said the baby girl was sexually assaulted and cord had been wrapped around her neck leading to her death. Christopher Paul Conway is charged in connection to his daughter's aggravated child rape and homicide.

"We discovered the child had been sexually assaulted, and a cord had been placed around the child's neck and the child died from those injuries," said Jim Knoll with the Clarksville Police Department.

Neighbors said they don't know much about the couple that moved into a home on Cindy Jo Court a few months ago.

"He's military so he comes and goes," Billy Reynolds said. "Other than that I don't talk to him."

Deborah Kendall didn't know the family, but tears streamed down her face when she talked about the baby's death.

"Just as a parent and grandmother, it's something unbelievable what people can do to their own child," Kendall said. "It just breaks my heart what he did to her. I was just looking on his Facebook page. It looks like those babies had a hard time when they first came to life and for him to do that to his own daughter."

According to Conway's Facebook page, he's an Army Medic and a a married father of twin daughters. The Army confirms 22-year-old Conway is a combat medic specialist stationed at Ft. Campbell.

"He was quiet," Reynolds said. "He was a nice man. Other than that didn't hear much of them. You didn't hear from him or his wife at all."

A piece of police tape at the couple's home was the only sign of trouble in a community deeply shaken by what happened behind closed doors.

"This affects so many people that aren't direct family," Jim Knoll said. "It makes people hold their kids a little bit closer. It makes everybody think; how could somebody be such a monster? We can't answer those questions."

Conway was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on Wednesday.

His preliminary court appearance is slated for Nov. 21 at 1:30 pm.

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