Father, stepmother charged in Mississippi toddler’s death

Published 11:11 am Tuesday, April 30, 2019

(AP) — The father and stepmother of a Mississippi toddler have been charged with capital murder in her death.

Claiborne County Sheriff Frank Davis tells news outlets that 28-year-old Morris Bevily IV and 26-year-old TKia Bevily were arrested Monday in the death of Jurayah Smith.

Davis says Jurayah was 14 months old when she died in the couple’s care in October 2017. It’s unclear what killed her.

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Davis says preliminary hearings have not been scheduled. He did not say whether either of them is represented by an attorney.