Crocker man accused of murdering infant daughter opts not to plead guilty at the last minute

Dillon Michael Snider

UPDATE:  Dillon Snider pleaded guilty in Miller County on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 to one count of possession of a controlled substance.  He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

A Pulaski County man accused of murdering his eight-month-old daughter changes his mind at the last minute, deciding he wants his case to go to trial.

Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman says Dillon Snider, 26, of Crocker, had been scheduled to plead guilty on Monday but he changed his mind in the middle of his guilty plea.  Snider was then scheduled for a jury trial to begin February 26, 2024.

Snider was arrested in the fall of 2021 while babysitting his infant daughter.  Court records state Snider had only been alone with his daughter for about an hour when he called 911 to report she wasn’t breathing.  She was pronounced dead at Fort Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital.

An autopsy revealed the girl likely died from violent trauma to her head and neck.  The medical examiner also found the girl had rib fractures which were healing, suggesting previous injuries.

Snider is charged with second-degree murder, abuse of a child resulting in death, and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child resulting in death.

Snider, who is facing a drug possession charge out of Miller County, is scheduled for a court appearance for that case today.