Detroit woman, 19, charged with murder, child abuse in death of 1-year-old daughter

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DETROIT — Authorities say a 19-year-old Detroit woman has been charged in the death of her 1-year-old daughter.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office announced Thursday that Sierra Nichole Tankersley has been charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse in the Sunday death of Malayh Tankersley.

Prosecutors say the mother called 911 from home around midday and the girl was found unresponsive on the floor. The child was taken to a hospital, where prosecutors say she died of multiple blunt force trauma. Authorities also removed another young girl from the home.

The prosecutor's office says it didn't know whether the mother had a lawyer on record yet. She was arraigned Thursday and a preliminary examination to determine if the case goes to trial has been scheduled for Nov. 18.

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