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