Couple jailed in death of toddler

December 3, 2008 6:43:50 AM PST
The mother and stepfather of a 13-month-old have been arrested in the death of the girl authorities say may have been beaten with a hammer. Authorities went to the Rusk County house after the couple called 911 on Tuesday morning and said the toddler was not breathing, Rusk County District Attorney Investigator William Brown told the Tyler Morning Telegraph for its Wednesday editions.

Brown said it was apparent the child suffered blunt force trauma. He said the child's body has been sent to Dallas for an autopsy.

"We will know a lot more after the autopsy results come back on what the weapon was, but we believe they may have used a hammer," he said.

Brown said the mother and stepfather both are 18 and their names have not been released yet since they have not been formally charged. They are set to be arraigned Wednesday morning on the charge of capital murder.

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