- Associated Press - Thursday, January 25, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Two North Carolina parents have pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the death of their 9-month-old daughter.

The Charlotte Observer reports the father, Taquan Beecham pleaded guilty on Thursday to felony child abuse. The girl’s mother, Basheba Freeman, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and faces up to 20 years in prison.

According to investigators, Taraya Beecham weighed 8½ pounds when she died in April 2016. Prosecutors say the investigators found a hammer in her home which matched the shape and size of a fracture in Taraya’s skull.

The prosecutors also said that by the time her mother called 911, Taraya had numerous cuts, she was dehydrated and she hadn’t eaten in 12 to 24 hours.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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