TWO carers have been charged with capital murder over the death of a two-year-old girl who they beat her repeatedly for wetting herself.
Aniyah Darnell died in Arlington, Texas, in November, 2018, after she suffered relentless abuse by Shamonica Jackson and Derick Robertson, police say.
Jackson, 34, allegedly beat the toddler and burnt her as punishment for wetting herself.
She was also refused water to drink and was dunked in hot water under Jackson’s care.
The pair had been caring for Aniyah for months – as her biological mother was unable to look after her.
It is unknown what their relationship was to the little girl.
TORTURED BEFORE SHE WAS MURDERED
Her family now say she was tortured before she was murdered.
According to his indictment, Robertson, 38, has been accused of failing to stop Jackson from inflicting the injuries.
After Aniyah’s death, both carers were initially charged with felony injury.
But last week the pair were indicted on one count each of capital murder of a person under 10 years old.
They face the death penalty if they’re convicted.
‘TEACH HER A LESSON’
Police found Aniyah’s lifeless body at Las Lomas Apartment at 1am on November 17 and she was later pronounced dead at Medical City Arlington.
The causes of death were battery and dehydration, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner.
Jackson admitted she had repeatedly stuck the little girl as she kept wetting herself and she wanted to “teach her a lesson”, according to a police affidavit.
She also told investigators she didn’t seek proper medical help for a severe burn on Aniyah’s backside, reports CBS DFW.
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The toddler’s grandfather Ronnie Ingram said she “died a slow death”.
He explained Aniyah’s mother was unable to care for her three children, including two elder boys who were living with other people and are now in Mr Ingram’s care.
He wants Jackson and Robertson to be held accountable for their actions, adding: “There a time when you have to answer for the things that you do”.
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