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3/6/06-Longview

Police Believe Child Died At Hand Of CPS Guardian

More information on the woman accused of murdering a two year old East Texas girl. On Friday, police were called to a Longview home where Jaaliyah Beecham was found floating face down in a bathtub. Her aunt, 31 year old Shondreta Thomas was taking care of Jaaliyah at the time. She was appointed as her legal guardian by Child Protective Services nearly 5 months earlier.

Thomas originally told police the girl drowned, then she said she may have fallen in the bathtub and hit her head. But doctors say neither of those things killed her.

The arrest affidavit says the injuries sustained by the child were in no way consistent with any fall capable by a two year old, and were consistent with a severe beating or shaking of the child.

Other injuries also led police to suspect foul play.

Sergeant Shaun Pendleton, with Longview Police Department said, "I do not know the extent of the injuries the baby suffered. I do know, that burns on the babies feet appeared to have been old, and looked like they were healing."

Thomas was caring for her two other children at the time. CPS took custody of them over the weekend and they are now in foster care.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

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