- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

FESTUS, Mo. (AP) - A St. Louis-area woman is accused of having a role in her toddler daughter’s April death.

Festus Police Chief Timothy Lewis says 21-year-old Taylor Lynn Fast is charged with second-degree murder, abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death, and first-degree child endangerment.

Lewis says Layla Marie Fast was younger than 2 years old and had been beaten but was not taken by her mother for treatment. Investigators say Fast had claimed that a spider bite had rendered her daughter unconscious.

Fast’s boyfriend already had been accused of abusing Fast’s 3-year-old son, who police say sustained a broken leg.

Online court records do not show whether Fast has an attorney.

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