A Virginia woman beat her goddaughter to death while the child’s biological mother gave birth.
CBS News reports that 25-year-old Danielle Turner has been fold guilty after pleading no contest in the death of 3-year-old Latrice Walden. Originally, she was charged with felony child neglect but those charges were upgraded to first-degree murder. The incident happened last February.
Walden died from blunt-force trauma to the head according to an autopsy. Prosecutors stated she had more than 100 bruises and cuts.
The little girl’s mother, Nikki Brown, was at the hospital giving birth during the violent incident. Turner was supposed to be watching Walden, according to the report. Turner and Brown had known each other for more than a decade.
Turner initially claimed that Walden just slipped in the tub and hit her head. She did not call 911 until 6 hours after the beating, according to the report. Later, Turner admitted to hitting the 3-year-old multiple times.
Turner’s sentencing has been set for June 23. She faces up to 40 years in prison.