Autopsy report rules 4-week-old Chattanooga baby's death a homicide

4-week-old Olivia Dunton passed away on March 4th. According to newly released autopsy results, her death has been ruled a homicide. (Image used with family's permission)

Autopsy results have finally been released for a 4-week-old Chattanooga girl who died in March.

Olivia Destiny Dunton died on March 4th, and her family says they've been waiting for the autopsy results since then.

According to the Hamilton County Medical Examiner's report, Olivia died from blunt force injuries to her head and chest. The report details among other things bruising on her face and head, skull fractures, and recent and healing rib fractures. The report also says they found evidence of dehydration and nutritional deficiency.

The report lists her manner of death as a homicide.

Chattanooga Police charged her father, Ivan "Dominic" Dunton, with her death.

According to an arrest report, he initially told officers he accidentally knocked her carseat down a flight of stairs. Police say he later admitted to shaking his child to death.

The admission shocked and confused family members, including Ivan's mother, Elenor Pattmon, and the child's godmother, Carmitta Flanagan. They do not believe the father of two would shake his newborn to death.

Ivan Dunton is due in court next week.

This is a developing story - depend on us to update you as we learn more.

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