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Texas Caregiver Accused Of Fatally Beating And Burning Child, Then Using 'Home Remedies' To Treat

Police said Shamonica Page refused to bring the 2-year-old child, who had a severe burn on her buttocks, to a hospital and instead tried out "home remedies."

By Gina Tron

A 2-year-old Texas girl died after her caregiver allegedly hit her with a belt and burned her buttocks to discipline her.

Police were called to an apartment in Arlington early Saturday because a child wasn't breathing. The girl, Aniyah Darnell, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

An affidavit says Shamonica Page admitted she repeatedly struck the girl and that she didn't seek medical help for the burn. She told police she had been caring for Aniyah since August for the girl's mother. Her precise relationship to Aniyah is unclear.

A second person has been arrested in connection with the death, Derick Roberson. He has been charged with injury to a child by omission, a third-degree felony, according to the Star-Telegram. His relationship to both Aniyah and Page is unclear.

Additionally, Page allegedly admitted the victim had a bad burn, but she used "home remedies" to try to treat it and continued to physically discipline her, according to the Star-Telegram. 


Page has been charged with injury to a child. Jail records don't list an attorney for her.

Two other children in the home have been placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

[Photo: The Associated Press]

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