Warrants reveal dead NC 4-year-old suffered lacerated liver in alleged beating

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Armani Hodges, Jessica Warren

DURHAM, N.C. — Search warrants made public Thursday reveal a 4-year-old girl who died in Durham last month suffered a lacerated liver in an alleged beating.

WTVD first reported that 27-year-old Jessica Warren told investigators her daughter Armani Hodges hit her head earlier in the day on Sept. 25 when she was playing on a bed. She added that the girl later became ill and was sent to bed.

Detectives say Warren later admitted to beating her daughter using a leather belt with a buckle and possibly her fists, but did not intend to kill her.

The search warrants say an autopsy showed the child did not suffer head trauma, but had significant abdominal injuries, including the lacerated liver.

The warrants say Warren was recorded on her cell phone while in a police interview room telling someone she was confident she would not be arrested.

Warren is charged with first-degree murder and is in the Durham County Jail without bond.

Source: WTVD

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