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Man charged in death of girlfriend's baby

May 19, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

ORLANDO (AP) - A central Florida man has been charged in the death of his girlfriend's 6-month-old daughter.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office reports that 22-year-old Lonnie Leonard Jr. was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

Officials say Malloree Tatum died in November from blunt force trauma to the head.

Leonard claimed he was sleeping in another room and woke up when he heard two thumps. He says he found Malloree face down on the floor beside the bed and assumed she rolled off the edge. The child's mother told authorities the infant hadn't learned to roll over or crawl.

Leonard was being held without bail. Jail records didn't list an attorney.



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