William Curtis McKenzie of Lexington, accused of killing his 2-month-old daughter Saturday, pleaded with a Fayette District Court judge to release him from jail during his arraignment Tuesday.
McKenzie, who appeared in court via video, choked back tears while addressing Judge Megan Lake Thornton.
"I've never been a threat to anybody. I have to bury my child," he said.
McKenzie, 30, was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Ava Grace McKenzie. He admitted to wrapping a blanket around the baby's face, making it hard for her to breathe, according to court documents. Rescue workers found Ava unresponsive about 7 a.m. at a home on Huntsville Drive. She was pronounced dead at UK's Chandler Hospital.
Thornton increased McKenzie's bail from $7,500 to $25,000. It must be paid in cash.
"Ma'am, I don't have that type of money," McKenzie said. His next court date is scheduled for Nov. 21.