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Alabama woman, man charged in death of 2-year-old girl

November 16, 2021 GMT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — An east Alabama woman and man have been arrested on murder charges in the death of the woman’s 2-year-old daughter, who was found dead from multiple injures last week.

Chastity Umeko Baker and Jamario Emanuel Mitchell, both 28 and from Opelika, were charged Monday in the death of the child, whose name has not been released, according to statements from Opelika police and the Lee County coroner.

Mitchell is not the child’s father and was believed to be dating Baker, the baby’s mother, WRBL-TV reported.

Authorities were called to a home in Opelika on Friday about a child who was unresponsive. The girl was pronounced dead, and her body was taken to a state laboratory for an autopsy that found she died of multiple blunt force injuries.

Baker and Mitchell were held at the Lee County Jail on $450,000 bail. Court records were not available Tuesday to show whether either person had a lawyer who could speak on their behalf.