When Texas mom Halle Marie Murry showed up to a local hospital on January 14 with her 6-week-old daughter, she claimed it was because her 3-year-old son “dropped her.”
Her newborn baby, Acelyn, had severe skull fractures and died by the end of the day, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Murry claimed she’d fallen asleep with the baby on her chest and woken up to find Acelyn on the floor with her toddler. Police wrote in an affidavit:
She stated how bad her 3-year-old has acted in the past by describing him hitting Acelyn with objects, slapping, biting, kicking and spitting.
However, doctors didn’t think a 3-year-old would be capable of causing such injuries. And after a monthslong investigation, Murry has been arrested for the baby girl’s death.
The 25-year-old mother was arrested over the weekend and charged with capital murder, according to the Star-Telegram.
The police affidavit states that Murry and her 3-year-old son tested positive for cocaine in the days following Acelyn’s death.
Authorities also tested the toddler’s strength by asking him to play with a doll the same size and weight of his sister, which helped a doctor determine the boy didn’t “demonstrate the dexterity or force to cause the extensive head injuries to Acelyn.”
Murry allegedly left the hospital to go to her home while her daughter was still alive. During questioning, she gave inconsistent statements about what she did when she went back to the apartment.
The affidavit states:
It wasn’t until after she realized her initial story about how the injuries may have happened were questioned, that she gave inconsistent statements as to what she actually did at the apartment prior to officers securing the scene.
According to Texas law, the mother may face the death penalty if found guilty of capital murder. She is currently being held in Tarrant County Jail.
Her 3-year-old son is now in the care of a family member.