Cake or death? Toddler beaten to death over cake

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ST. LOUIS, Missouri (AP) – A 23-year-old St. Louis woman has been indicted by a grand jury in her toddler daughter’s beating death.

Shanika M. Evans is charged with second-degree murder, child abuse and child endangerment and remained in jail Friday on a $500,000 bond. She initially was charged only with endangerment for failing to immediately report her daughter’s injuries.

Evans is accused of killing 23-month-old Jabria Phillips in February after Evans and her husband punished the child for reportedly eating a piece of cake without permission.

Deonte Evans, the girl’s stepfather, was charged after her death with second-degree murder, child abuse and armed criminal action. Jabria suffered injuries to her internal organs from blows to her torso.

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