24-year-old Va. woman charged in death of 20-month-old

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dp-norfolk-woman-murder-death-toddler-001NORFOLK, Va. — A 24-year-old Norfolk woman was arrested Sunday and charged in the death of a 20-month-old toddler, according to WTKR.

Norfolk Police say Emily Defries identified herself as the stepmother of the 20-month-old girl. She was babysitting her and two other children on Sunday.

Defries called 911 around 5:36 p.m. Sunday and told dispatchers she found the girl at the bottom of the steps inside the home.

Medics responded and transported the girl to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Defries told investigators that she had periodically checked on the girl while she was sleeping upstairs.

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