A Denver mother was arrested this week on allegations that she drunkenly beat her infant daughter to death.
The woman is identified as Kelsy Newell-Skinner. The victim is her two-month-old daughter Natalee Skinner-Hurst.
Young Natalee was taken to the hospital last Saturday morning and declared brain dead on arrival. She had numerous deep bruises and gashes on her body.
In a shocking confession, Newell-Skinner told her boyfriend that she woke up from a night of heavy drinking and found Natalee’s beaten body. She said she “felt horrible” but “didn’t remember anything” from the night before.
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After Natalee was pronounced dead, police announced that Newell-Skinner was the main suspect in the case. Only she and her five children were home on the night Natalee was beaten. She is being charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.
9News reports she is being held on $500,000 bond.
According to the World Health Organization, 35% of parental child abuse offenders consumed alcohol or drugs at the time of the abuse.