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Richmond woman found guilty in beating death of goddaughter

Danielle Turner (Source: Richmond Police Dept.) Danielle Turner (Source: Richmond Police Dept.)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Richmond woman has been found guilty after pleading no contest in the beating death of her 3-year-old goddaughter.

Local media outlets report that 25-year-old Danielle Turner pleaded no contest on Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of Latrice Walden.

Turner was initially charged with felony child neglect, but those charges were later upgraded to first-degree murder.

An autopsy revealed Walden died in February 2016 from blunt-force trauma to the head. Prosecutors say she had more than 100 bruises and cuts.

Turner, who was watching the girl while her mother was the hospital giving birth, initially said the victim had slipped in the tub and hit her head. Police said Turner didn't call 911 about Walden's condition until hours later.

Her sentencing has been set for June 23.

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