CLEVELAND (AP) — Trial has begun in the case where a Cleveland woman and her partner are accused of aggravated murder in the beating death of the woman’s 5-year-old daughter.
Cleveland.com reports prosecutors said Thursday 26-year-old Tequila Crump and her 37-year-old partner, Ursula Owens, beat 5-year-old Ta’Naejah McCloud March 17, 2017 because the girl wet her pants.
Ta’Naejah was hospitalized with head and brain trauma, and she died four days later.
Her death sparked criticism of Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services, which had investigated allegations of abuse and neglect involving Crump.
The agency previously said the allegations were not substantiated.
In addition to the murder charges, Crump and Owens face felonious assault and child endangerment charges.
Attorneys for both Crump and Owens say their clients never beat Ta’Naejah.
Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com