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Virginia Woman Arrested After 3-Year-Old Goddaughter Dies

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A Richmond, Virginia, woman is facing charges of child neglect in the death of her 3-year-old goddaughter. 

Danielle Turner, 24, was arrested after she reportedly beat 3-year-old Latrice Walden. On Feb. 15, Latrice was rushed to the hospital with injuries including a black eye, and her death was initially believed to be due to falling in the bathtub.

"Come to find out, we went to the detective and it wasn’t a fall," Latrice's grandfather, Kenny Simpson, told WRIC. "It was abuse … that’s exactly what it was, she was beaten."

Turner was reportedly watching her goddaughter at the time of her death, while the toddler's mother was giving birth to a baby boy.

"The hard part is letting her go, that’ll be the hard part," Latrice's mother, Nikki Brown, said. "Still trying to cope and hold it together because I still have my son, so I’m just trying to keep it together.”

Brown said she was shocked to learn that Turner killed her daughter.

"She loved my baby," she told NBC 12. "I just, I just can't. I don't know where it came from. I have no words for her, none."

Turner has been charged with felony child neglect and additional charges are pending.

Sources: WWBT, WRIC / Photo credit: NBC 12, Richmond Police Department via WWBT

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