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Police say 3-year-old Auburn girl beaten for weeks before her death

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SEATTLE -- A 3-year-old Auburn girl was beaten severely for weeks and suffered fractures and at least 20 bruises all over her body before she died, court documents said.

The girl's 21-year-old mother has been arrested for investigation of murder. She did not appear in court Thursday, waiving her right to be there.

But court documents said the medical examiner counted at least 20 bruises on the the body of the little girl.

A prosecutor told the court the girl not only had bruises but fractures all over her body, too. Officials say the injuries proves extensive abuse.

Detectives say the mom admitted to hitting the little girl to discipline her. Court documents state the mom's boyfriend told detectives she would often use a belt and even her own fist to repeatedly hit her daughter.

A medical exam indicates the child was dead hours before anyone in her family called 911.

The defense said the mom has no criminal history and asked the judge to bar the media from covering this case. The judge denied that motion on Thursday, setting her next court date for Friday afternoon when she is expected to face murder charges.

The mom also has a 2-month-old baby girl. Child Protective Services now has custody of that infant. CPS says they do not have any reports on this family prior to this week.

Auburn police say the boyfriend is not facing any charges.

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12 comments

  • concerned

    If the boyfriend witnessed her punching a defenseless child and did nothing, how is he not an accessory? I hope they burn.

  • Kathy Panciera

    Just because most females can get pregnant and give birth doesn’t mean they all should. I’m glad the 2 month old baby was taken away from her. I hope she’s executed. But, before that happens, she should either have to undergo a tubal ligation or a hysterectomy so she doesn’t get pregnant in prison.

  • Carol Young Woosley

    THIS MOTHER SHOULD BE BEAT TO DEATH JUST LIKE SHE BEAT HER 3 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER TO DEATH. THIS ABUSE IS NOT GOING TO STOP UNTIL THE LAW DOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO STOP INNOCENT DEATHS OF CHILDREN. AN EYE FOR AN EYE.

  • kante0004

    Me and my staff are mourning the death of our little Nava, she went to my daycare before her mom went on leave to have her new baby. Tatiana seemed to be a really good nurturing mother because the little girl was so smart, she was educationally advanced beyond her 3 years, she always said please and thank you without being reminded. Before she would eat her meals, she (Nava) would fold her little hands together, bow her head, and close her eyes, and recite, “.God is good,.God is great, thank you Jesus for our food, amen. Although there is no excuse to hitting or hurting any child, I really believe it could have been postpartum depression. I do hope this sends a message to young mothers out there who just feel like they cannot handle their children (being children) anymore, there are agencies that will offer support , and parenting classes, please call 211, if you feel you cannot discipline your child without hitting them, there are other healthy way’s that work, and does not include physical punishment.

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