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Woman charged in death of toddler

March 15, 2014 at 5:02 p.m.


HOUSTON - A Houston-area woman has been charged in the death of her boyfriend's 4-year-old daughter after the girl allegedly was beaten.

Harris County jail records show 32-year-old Elisena Carmona was being held Saturday on charges of murder and injury to a child by omission. Bond was set at $120,000 for Carmona, who was booked Friday.

Sheriff's investigators say Lillian Fortner was dead on arrival Tuesday at a hospital. Autopsy results show the child had a puncture to her small intestine, likely from blunt force trauma, plus other bruises.

Investigators say Carmona initially said the girl fell and hit her head a few days earlier, but later said she had been frustrated with the child and hit her.

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