The Van Buren man accused of killing his 2-month-old daughter could be facing the death penalty.

Tyler Eugene Buchanan, 19, was charged Monday in the 21st Judicial Circuit of Arkansas with capital murder in connection with the June 12 death of his daughter. Circuit Prosecuting Attorney Marc McCune charged Buchanan, who allegedly kept his daughter from breathing, on grounds that he manifested "extreme indifference to the value of human life" toward his daughter, according to court documents.

Capital murder in Arkansas is punishable by the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole, according to Arkansas code §5-10-101. The grounds on which McCune gave Buchanan the charge are listed in the statute.

Officials as of Wednesday had not set court dates for this charge.

According to the probable cause affidavit for his arrest, Buchanan allegedly told Van Buren police he held his daughter's head against his shoulder to keep her from breathing in the early hours of June 12. He told police he kept her from breathing to get her to stop screaming so he could go to sleep.

Buchanan allegedly knew the child stopped breathing around 2 a.m. June 12 and knew what he was doing was wrong, the affidavit states.

Buchanan waited until 9 a.m. to call for help, according to a June 12 news release from the Police Department. He also 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.

The child was pronounced dead at Sparks Medical Center in Van Buren after police responded to the residence that morning, the release states.

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

Van Buren police on the afternoon of June 12 arrested Buchanan on suspicion of first-degree murder. His current charge is an upgrade from his suspected offense.

“Through the interview, the crime scene and the hospital, we were able to determine our suspect,” Jonathan Wear with the Police Department said following the arrest.

In addition to the allegations that he was indifferent to the value of his daughter's life, he was also charged on grounds that he was over 18 and his daughter was under 14 when the murder was committed, according to documents.

Buchanan remained in custody on Wednesday in the Crawford County Detention Center in lieu of a $1 million bond, according to jail records.