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Murder charge for child care worker in boy’s death

Posted at 6:18 PM, Aug 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-28 18:18:12-04

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City child care worker has been indicted on a murder charge in the death of a toddler she was watching.

The district attorney says a grand jury charged Athena Skeeter of the Bronx with second-degree murder and first- and second-degree manslaughter.

He said she admitted throwing 20-month-old Cardell Williamson to the floor and repeatedly stepping on his stomach.

The indictment was announced just hours after Skeeter's lawyer said in court Thursday that she would not testify before the grand jury.

The murder charge is an upgrade from the manslaughter charge on which Skeeter was arrested.

A call to her lawyer was not immediately returned.

According to a court document, Skeeter told police she had been wrestling Friday with the boy before he died.