The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the St. Joseph man charged in the death of his 6-year-old daughter is in serious condition in the hospital following a “self-harm event” at 10:50 a.m. Thursday morning.

According to a press release from Buchanan County Sheriff Bill Puett, Dustin Beechner was given emergency medical treatment at the jail and was then transported to Mosaic for additional emergency medical treatment.

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It's just odd that the News Press would report that the father beat his 6yo to death with a baseball bat, but then reports that the father died from a "self harm incident". Don't hold your breath for any journalism awards.

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