- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors contend an escalating pattern of abuse led to the December 2014 beating death of 2-year-old Da'Laijah Smith by her mother.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/2cNd06m) prosecutors are asking a state judge to allow them to use evidence of other crimes at the second-degree murder trial of 23-year-old Candice Smith.

Smith’s attorney says the allegations amount to character assassination and should not be put before a jury.

The coroner declared the toddler’s death a homicide after finding she died of severe blunt force injuries to her head, neck, chest and stomach.

Smith told police her daughter hit her head when she shoved the child against a shower wall at their home.

Smith, who does not have a trial date, is scheduled to appear at a Monday hearing.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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