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Charge Upgraded in Ocean Shores Baby Death

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OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – Prosecutors have upgraded charges to first degree murder against a man accused of killing his newborn baby.     

Patrick Parnel, 21, had been charged with second-degree murder. 

Prosecutors say Parnel beat the baby girl to death April 3 after her mother gave birth in a motel. Investigators say he left the infant's body in a wooded area.

Parnel's girlfriend, Brittany Taylor, 21, is charged with abandonment of a dependent person.

Court documents say they went to the motel because they didn't want anyone to know Taylor was about to deliver.