Suspended N.J. Police Officer Charged With Murder of 3-Month-Old Daughter

Suspended N.J. Police Officer Charged With Murder of 3-Month-Old Daughter

A suspended New Jersey police officer is behind bars in connection with the murder of his three-month-old daughter.

Daniel Bannister, 31, was charged Wednesday in the December 2018 death of Hailey Bannister. Hailey’s mother, Catherine Bannister, 29, was charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

“The nature of Hailey’s injuries indicated an ongoing pattern of abuse,” Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

The Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that Hailey died from complications from blunt impact trauma of the head including skull fractures and subdural hemorrhage.

The case came to light on December 5, when Ewing Township Emergency Medical Services responded to the Bannisters’ home in Ewing on a report of “an unresponsive three-month-old baby having difficulty breathing,” according to Onofri’s statement.

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The 911 call to the dispatcher was made by Catherine Bannister, reported.

“She’s breathing extremely funny,” she said, according to, which obtained a recording of the call. “She’s barely breathing. She was just diagnosed with reflux, but right now she’s almost barely conscious.”

“My husband is an officer so he’s working with her, but we need help,” she allegedly told the 911 operator.

Hailey, who was not breathing and in cardiac arrest when first responders arrived, was taken to Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell. Medical staff concluded that Hailey had a fractured skull, brain bleed and multiple fractured ribs. She was transferred in critical condition to Robert Wood Johnson Children’s Hospital in New Brunswick, where she died on Dec. 11.

Law enforcement began investigating the incident “due to the suspicious nature of the girl’s injuries,” according to Onofri’s statement.

Daniel Bannister was employed as an officer with the Ewing Township Police Department since May of 2017. He was suspended from the force in December after the incident.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a motion to detain the couple pending t

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Mark Wahlberg Shares 1994 Clip of His Friendship with Leonardo DiCaprio—Despite Their Rocky Start

Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio‘s friendship goes way, way back.

Wahlberg proved just how long the two have been close with a throwback video of them joking around on the set of the 1994 movie The Basketball Diaries. The two acted opposite each other in the gritty drama about drug addiction but kept it light off-camera when a news crew came to visit.

“Are we friends? Yeah, we’re friends. Right, Mark?” a 19-year-old DiCaprio says in the clip.

“Friends till the end,” Wahlberg, then 22, answers.

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“Do you accept me as your friend?” DiCaprio asks Wahlberg.

“Sure,” Wahlberg says, shaking his hand. “Thanks, pal,” DiCaprio responds.

“And you?” Wahlberg asks DiCaprio, who quickly responds, “I as well.”

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The adorable interaction between the young stars was caught by Entertainment Tonight. The outlet shared the full clip from the set visit in 2015.

“TBT!! Time flies!” Wahlberg captioned the video, which also features DiCaprio talking about his troubled character.

Though the two seem like best buds in the clip, Wahlberg, now 48, opened up about the pair’s rocky start before filming in an interview last year.

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“It wasn’t a disagreement. It was just, like, I think we both had a specific opinion about each other, certainly,” Wahlberg told Extra of his initial interactions with DiCaprio, now 44. “I was just, ya know, as a rapper, I was just kinda out-there and loud and crazy and all this stuff, and it was a very serious movie and this very serious part, and so the director of the film , he had made all my music videos, he felt like I was more than capable to play the part.

“But no one had seen me act in a film, so I had to really kinda just go out there and prove myself,” he continued. “Once I finally got to the point where I was able to audition and read with , then we just both kinda looked at each other, w

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What Will the Food Really Be Like at the Taco Bell Resort? The Executive Chef Tells All

What Will the Food Really Be Like at the Taco Bell Resort? The Executive Chef Tells All

Rene Pisciotti isn’t big on titles. “Executive Chef…Taco Whisperer…Recipe Innovator…Creator, you can call me whatever you want,” he says.

After 12 years at Taco Bell, though, Pisciotti—a formally-trained chef with a master’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition—has been the driving force behind the fast food chain’s never-ending list of increasingly outrageous menu items (including the popular nacho fries.) “There’s a team of us here of about ten chef-scientists, and we’re on point for creating all the new innovations,” he tells PEOPLE. “We test all of the items, and some launch, but most don’t. That’s really my day job.”

In recent years, the brand has put more resources toward buzz-generating events and activations, like their annual Friendsgiving dinner, an over-the-top fan wedding in Las Vegas, and, most recently, a themed pop-up resort called The Bell, which will be open for four days in Palm Springs this August. For these, Pisciotti gets to really put his culinary expertise to use. “I’m absolutely fascinated with the dining scene and culture, particularly in L.A.,” he says. “I study menus, and what I try to do is curate a dishes based on my experiences eating out, and then incorporate as much Taco Bell into them as possible.”

For The Bell—which sold out two minutes after opening up reservations—Pisciotti has spent the last five months testing menu items that he thinks will surprise guests without abandoning the flavors they know and love.

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Two of the chef’s favorite dishes that have made it on the menu are the avocado toast, which is topped with sliced radishes and a crumble of “diablo puffs” (a creation of his that he likens to a vegan chicharon and is made with Taco Bell’s signature diablo sauce), and chilaquiles, a Mexican egg dish that is typically made with stale tortillas which get replaced with the chain’s spicy fire tortilla chips in Pisciotti’s version.

Poolside favorites will also be featured, like his twist on a Caesar salad and a club sandwich that uses a cheddar chalupa shell in lieu of bread (served alongside a pile of nacho fries.)

Room service will be available for breakfast only—”it was getting too comp

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People Now: Now: Luann De Lesseps Talks Upcoming Life After Probation - Watch the Full Episode

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Ireland Baldwin Posts Nearly-Nude Instagram — and Dad Alec, Uncle Billy Feel 'Awkward': 'What?'

Ireland Baldwin Posts Nearly-Nude Instagram — and Dad Alec, Uncle Billy Feel 'Awkward': 'What?'

Ireland Baldwin showed off her assets in an Instagram post on Wednesday, to the slight chagrin of her famous family.

The 23-year-old model and daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger is hardly one to shy away from baring her skin, but both her father and uncle couldn’t help but find the situation to be a bit awkward.

“Thank you @sixtyhotels for the beautiful stay. I may never be allowed back but it’s chill. Also my butt isn’t that white. It’s the sun. No it’s also that white,” she captioned the Instagram post, alongside a photo of her nearly naked backside.

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“I’m sorry. What?” her father Alec Baldwin commented on the post.

“Tough one for Uncle Billy to ‘like.’ #awkward” her actor uncle Billy Baldwin wrote, adding a red heart emoji. Both comments were first caught by popular Instagram account Comments by Celebs.

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It’s not the first time Alec has seemingly disapproved of his daughter’s more risqué Instagram posts. Last summer, the actor commented on a shot of the model — who posed nude for PETA last year — leaning forward on top of a motorcycle while wearing a black bra with a matching pair of bottoms.

“No. Just… No,” the 60-year-old actor bluntly wrote in response to the shot.

Commenting on the over-the-top nature of the photo herself, Ireland captioned the image, “Stay extra.”

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Although the pair might not see eye to eye about all of her photos, Ireland has spoken at length before about how proud she is of her body.

“This is who I am, take it or leave,” she wrote last year alongside an image of herself in her underwear. “I am not going to be body shamed for being pale or not stick thin. I’m not going to spend hours photoshopping my authenticity away. I’m not going to beat myself up for not looking like someone else. I’m not going to be told that I’m damaged goods because of my tattoos.”

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