(KMOV) – New murder charges are pending against 34-year-old Marquicio Johnson of Hazelwood, who is accused of beating his girlfriend's 2-year-old niece.
Prosecutors have increased charges against Johnson from assault to murder.
The girl died in December, a few days after she was beaten.
A little more than a week before Christmas of 2009, police responded to a call to the 200 block of Chapel Ridge in Hazelwood. They say they found Orionis Barron-Taylor, 2, unconscious. Authorities say the girl was taken to DePaul Hospital for treatment of multiple injuries. She was later transferred to Cardinal Glennon Hospital, where she died.
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