Charges filed in child's death in Tunica County

By The Associated Press

TUNICA — A Tunica County woman has been charged with murder in the beating death of her 21-month-old daughter, who died from her injuries Wednesday.

Tunica County spokesman Larry Liddell tells the Commercial Appeal that 25-year-old Latoya Ankston has been charged in the death of Shaykerrea Ankston.

Liddell says authorities allege that Latoya Ankston repeatedly struck the child over her entire body with an open hand and fist, causing brain trauma.

Liddell says the child was found unresponsive inside an apartment Sunday. The child was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, where she died Wednesday.

Latoya Ankston remained in the Tunica County Jail Wednesday. Her bond has been set at $100,000.

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