Del'Shawn Banks

Del'Shawn Banks

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville father is charged with murder after police said he killed his 7-week-old daughter. 

Del'Shawn Banks, 23, was in court Tuesday to answer for the crime. 

Police said the infant, identified by family members as Del'Luna Banks, was taken to Norton Children's Group at 3026 Poplar Level Road on June 17. She was unresponsive and suffering from severe head injuries, including a fractured skull, according to court documents.

By the time officers arrived, medical personnel were trying to perform life-saving measures.

Del'Luna was then taken by EMS to Norton Children's Hospital in downtown Louisville, where doctors found that she had a skull fracture and other head trauma. She died that day, becoming Louisville's youngest homicide victim this year. According to court documents, Banks admitted that he shook the infant and threw her to the ground.

The infant's mother, Cortney Jones, said it wasn't the first Banks has hurt the child.

"If it starts before the child is into the world, and if it happens while you're pregnant, it's going to continue after," Jones said. "Whether we want to face the reality or not, it's going to happen after."

The 23-year-old mother calls the infant her "little rock star." Jones had a miscarriage before giving birth to Del'Luna.

"It hurts so much, because she was my rainbow baby," Jones said. "You're expecting to live a long life with your child, to make memories, and I only have two months worth of memories. That's just not enough."

Jones wasn't with Banks when he allegedly threw the child to ground. She hasn't spoken to him after domestic violence between the two caused them to break up.

"The person can tell you they're going to get better. They can tell you they're going to get help," Jones said. "They can tell you all these false promises and they can make it seem like it's going to happen. They can make it seem like they're getting better, but they're not." 

An autopsy conducted on June 21 by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office determined the child's injuries were consistent with being caused by the actions Banks described. He was arrested the same day.

Banks' bond was set at $250,000 full cash. If he posts that, he'll be put on home incarceration. 

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with various expenses. To donate, click here.

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