Two adults have been arrested for their possible connection in the death of a 2-year-old girl.
As ABC 13 reports, the two were caregivers to Aniyah Darnell, who authorities say they beat with a belt and burned her bottom because of potty training accidents.
Aniyah was pronounced dead at a hospital after police were called to the residence on Saturday, November 17, after the toddler stopped breathing.
The child’s caregivers, Shamonica Page and Derick Roberson, were arrested and are now in custody for the child’s death.
According to the court documents Page would:
Strike the victim with a belt on numerous occasions as a form of discipline and/or punishment she was frustrated with her for going to the bathroom in her clothes/pull-ups and was trying to teach her a lesson.
Page reportedly admitted to repeatedly hitting the little girl and not seeking medical help for the burn on her bottom.
Page reportedly attempted to care for the burns Aniyah sustained using home remedies.
Although she had been taking care of Aniyah since August for her mom, their relationship is still unknown at this time.
Leutinient Chris Cook spoke with ABC 13 about the recent updates to both Page and Roberson’s charges:
“We believe there was human intervention that caused this child to stop breathing and to sustain the injuries that she had. Based upon that, and the interviews we received … we upgraded the charges to injury to a child first-degree felony for the woman, and a third-degree injury to a child by omission for the man that we arrested.”
The court documents went into further details about the abuse and how the caregivers tried to cover it up:
Admitted that the victim had what appeared to be a severe burn on her buttocks but tried ‘home remedies’ to heal the injury, and would continue to discipline and punish the toddler by striking her in the injured area with a belt or her hand.
According to authorities, the autopsy will determine the child’s official cause of death.
As of now, the other two other children who reportedly lived in the same home have been placed with Child Protective Services.