PADUCAH, KY – Media Release

Suspect(s): Victoria P. Martin, 40, of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, arrested on a

warrant charging her with murder

Eugene B. Thomas Jr., 68, of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, arrested

on a warrant charging him with first-degree criminal abuse (child 12 or younger)

A woman has been arrested in connection with the death of her infant

daughter late last year.

Det. Danny Slack began investigating after police were called just after 5

a.m. Nov. 28, 2023, to a report of an unresponsive infant. The first officers to arrive

found Victoria Martin holding her one-month-old daughter, and immediately

began performing CPR on the infant. The child was taken by ambulance to Baptist

Health Paducah, where she was pronounced dead due to suffocation.

Martin refused to talk with detectives, but told Department for Community

Based Service (DCBS) workers she was sitting in bed, holding the infant and

eating, about 3 a.m. on Nov. 28. She said she passed out and awoke at 3:40 a.m. to

find the child unresponsive and not breathing. She did not call for help at the time;

another adult in the home called 911 after he awoke about 5 a.m. and learned the

baby was unresponsive.

Slack obtained toxicology results earlier this month that confirmed Martin

was significantly intoxicated at the time. Preliminary autopsy results confirmed

the child died of positional asphyxiation.

Eugene B. Thomas Jr., the infant’s father, was charged with first-degree

criminal abuse. Slack said Thomas knew Martin regularly abuses alcohol, and that

she is supposed to be supervised anytime she is with her other two children, but

he still left the infant and the other children in her care.2

Slack said Martin does not have custody of the two other children, ages 1

and 5, because of previous criminal abuse charges. She was convicted in 2019 of

second-degree criminal abuse after her then-seven-month-old daughter sustained

a fractured skull and brain bleed. She was sentenced to four years in prison.

Martin and Thomas were booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.