A medical professional, Turner (pictured left) has beaten her goddaughter to death after the girl’s mother left her in her care to birth her new born. Police were told the child, Latrice, had fallen and had a black eye after hitting her head on a bathtub faucet.
When paramedics arrived, they found the girl unconscious but breathing. They took her to hospital where she later died. An autopsy found Latrice died from blunt force trauma to the head and that she had suffered bruises all over body, CBS 6 reported.
Ms Brown, who has given birth to her son, Michael, told NBC 12 'She loved my baby. I just, I just can't. I don't know where it came from. I have no words for her, none.'
'That was her godmom, I never imagined her doing something like this. I'm trying to hold it together because I still have my son,” she told ABC 8:
Latrice's grandfather, Kenny Simpson, said: 'We went to the detective and it wasn’t a fall. It was abuse. That’s exactly what it was, she was beaten.'
The case is being treated as homicide but at this stage Turner has been charged with child neglect. Police say more charges are pending. Prosecutors plan to indict her with murder. Turner will face trial on March 22.