Man indicted on murder charge in death of toddler

A Beaumont man charged in the death of a toddler has been indicted on one count of murder.

Last September, Shari Pulliam with Family and Protective Services told 12News that a toddler who Beaumont police say was severely injured by her father died at Texas Children's Hospital.  The child died Sept. 12, 2012.

The child's father, identified as Shaquille Leron Rawlins, 21, of Beaumont, was already indicted in the case.  In December a Jefferson County Grand Jury handed up one count of injury to a child.  The charge is a second-degree felony.

According to police, the child's mother left the baby with Rawlins at a home in the 4500 block of Buffalo Avenue in the city's north end. When she returned, she couldn't wake her baby.

"When we arrived, she told us the father had left while she was calling 9-1-1. He returned while we were at the scene. He came to the station and gave a statement," said Sgt. Rob Flores shortly after the incident.

That statement was enough for police to arrest Rawlins.

The toddler, just 1 1/2 years old, was rushed to Christus Hospital Saint Elizabeth and then quickly sent to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston where she died.

According to 12News file stories, doctors in the emergency room confirmed the baby had multiple skull fractures and multiple abrasions to her body.

According to a Jefferson County jail employee, Rawlins remains held on $250,000 in bonds.


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