A Dickson County man has been charged with reckless homicide and child abuse for the death of his girlfriend’s 18-month-old daughter. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested 26-year-old Edward Benesch of 620 Rocky Drive following a day-long investigation into the death of Somara Mays. A TBI news release says the infant had visible trauma to her head, back and chest when Benesch dropped her off Thursday morning at his girlfriend’s aunt’s house on Brookside Drive in Dickson. Benesch told the aunt he had fallen on the child and something was wrong with her before leaving the scene. The aunt found the child to already have turned blue and not breathing and began CPR after calling 911. Emergency responders were unable to revive the girl and she was pronounced dead. Her body has been sent to the state medical examiner for an autopsy to determine a cause of death. “It is believed the child abuse that resulted in Somara’s death occurred at Benesch’s residence,” the TBI statement says. Benesch was caring for the child while her biological parents, Jill Smith and Edward Mays, were in the Dickson County Jail on unrelated charges. Relatives of the parents said they have suspected Benesch of harming the child before and one family member said Mays has been writing letters from jail to the Department of Children’s Services with his concerns. Another family member said Somara has had scratches and bruises on her before after being in Benesch’s care. Police located Benesch around 10:30 Thursday morning and took him into custody for questioning. He was charged Thursday evening and booked into the Dickson County Jail with bond at $75,000. The TBI statement says he was to be transported to and housed at the Hickman County Jail. Jill Smith had been in jail since February on a child support violation but bonded out late Thursday. She is reportedly pregnant with her eighth child and there are reports that the other six children are in DCS custody. Edward Mays remains in the Dickson County Jail where he has been since September. District Attorney Dan Alsobrooks called in the TBI to assist in the investigation because it was not immediately clear in whose jurisdiction any potential crime took place. The Brookside Drive duplex where Benesch took the child is in the city of Dickson but his Rocky Drive home is off CCC Road in west Dickson County near the Humphreys County line.