KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Two people have been arrested in connection with the death of 15-month-old Kannapolis girl who died in January, police said.
An autopsy report released May 21 revealed Malaya Heun died from injuries consistent with battered child syndrome.
Police said Heun was brutally assaulted on Jan. 19 and eventually died on Jan. 21 from complications from blunt force trauma and hypovolemic shock.
In a release, the Kannapolis Police Chief J.W. (Woody) Chavis said this case “was one of the worst cases of child abuse I have seen in over 30 years being a police officer.”
Police have charged John Turner and Alisha Carlisle with first-degree murder, felony child abuse inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.