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The hearing in the case of the accused child killer was moved to June 21

Gregory Higgins, file image.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Attorneys agreed Tuesday to postpone the trial of a man accused of killing his child until June 21, at which time a guilty plea agreement can be reached or a trial date set.

Gregory Higgins, 37, is charged with murder and assault resulting in death on a child under 8 years of age. He is represented by defense attorney David A. Torres, and the case is being handled by prosecutor Stephanie Taconi of the District Attorney’s Office.


On September 15, 2021, police received a report of a child not breathing at a home in northwest Bakersfield. According to the police, she was taken to hospital, where doctors found injuries consistent with child abuse.

The 7-week-old baby died in hospital.

Higgins, who was home alone with the infant, told police she had stopped breathing. Court documents show he called 911 and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until help arrived.

Then Higgins, the old investigator, had hit the baby’s head on a glass table a month earlier, dragging her out of her crib. He stated that the injuries were minor and that the other injuries found may have been unintentionally caused while he was performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.