A Van Buren man arrested in connection with the death of his two-month-old daughter Tuesday allegedly suffocated her.

Tyler Buchanan, 19, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder on Tuesday afternoon. Buchanan allegedly told Van Buren police he held his daughter's head against his shoulder to keep her from breathing early Tuesday morning, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Buchanan told Van Buren police he kept his daughter from breathing because he was trying to get her to stop screaming so he could go to sleep. He said he knew the child stopped breathing around 2 a.m., the affidavit states.

Buchanan told police he knew what he was doing was wrong, the affidavit states.

In an attempt to cover up the crime, Buchanan did not tell the child's mother, who lives in his residence in the 1100 block of Baldwin Street, that the child had stopped breathing, the affidavit states. He waited until 9 a.m. to call for help, according to a Tuesday news release from the Police Department.

The child was later pronounced dead at Sparks Medical Center in Van Buren after police responded to the residence on Tuesday morning, according to a Tuesday news release from the Police Department.

Buchanan initially told police his daughter woke up around 5:30 a.m. and that he discovered she wasn't breathing after he fed her a bottle and put her back to sleep. He said he then tried to resuscitate her by shocking her heart with an extension cord that was cut, the affidavit states.

“Through the interview, the crime scene and the hospital, we were able to determine our suspect,” Van Buren police detective Jonathan Wear said Tuesday.

Authorities have declined to release more information or incident reports about Buchanan or his daughter's death until formal charges are filed, 21st Judicial District prosecutor Marc McCune said in an email on Wednesday.

Buchanan was booked into the Crawford County Detention Center after 4 p.m. Tuesday. He was held in the Crawford County Detention Center on Wednesday in lieu of a $1 million bond, according to jail records.