An Alabama mother and her boyfriend have been arrested for beating her toddler daughter to death, causing multiple broken bones and a brain bleed.
The suspects, named as Chasity U. Baker and her partner Jamario E. Mitchell, both 28, were arrested and charged with murder on Monday, 15th November.
The arrests followed an incident on 12th November when police officers and paramedics responded to a 911 report of an unresponsive child at Cherry Circle in the city of Anniston in the US state of Alabama.
The police found the dead toddler in a back bedroom and the suspects told officers that the girl had been feeling unwell, adding that they checked on her throughout the night and found her lifeless in the morning.
The young victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the body was taken away for an autopsy, which determined that her death was caused by “multiple blunt force trauma”.
A deposition by prosecutors, obtained by local media outlets, said: “The report states the child suffered a broken left and right collarbone, a broken left rib, fractured skull, and brain bleed.
“Forensic medical examiners indicated the severity of the injuries meant they were recent and not accidental.”
Police chief Shane Healey said that preliminary investigation established that the only two people with the victim at the time preceding her death were Baker and Mitchell.
He said: “It’s a horrific incident, a two-year-old is defenceless, and it’s just unfathomable that this could happen to a two-year-old.”
Both suspects have reportedly admitted to being alone with the child, but deny any part in her death, claiming they have no idea how she suffered the fatal injuries.
Baker has an older child who lives with a relative and was not present at the time of the girl’s death.
The suspects are being held at the Lee County Detention Facility on a bond of USD 450,000 (GBP 333,000), and are expected to appear in court next week.