Wednesday, 12 February 2014 04:34
Two people are now facing charges in the death of a toddler in North St. Louis yesterday (Tuesday). Emergency crews were called to a home at Rowen and Ridge Avenues before dawn. There they found the lifeless body of 23 month old Jabria Phillips. Detectives say she died of blunt force trauma.
Her stepfather, Deonte Evans is accused of beating the girl to death. He's charged with second degree murder. The toddler's mother, Shanika Evans, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
The toddler's grandmother Brenda Baker, who lives in Detroit, learned about Jabria's death through news reports. She was understandably heartbroken when she spoke with Fox 2 News about her granddaughter. "She was very energetic," Baker said. "She laughed...every time I saw her laugh, I saw my son laugh...now I don't even have that." Baker says the girl's father died last year.
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