A woman has allegedly beaten her three-year-old goddaughter to death while the toddler's mother was in hospital giving birth.
Latrice Walden was found with serious injuries on Monday morning and died after she was taken to hospital in Richmond, Virginia.
The little girl's family say she was beaten to death by her godmother Danielle Turner, 24, because she would not eat her food, foreign media reported.
Latrice had been left in the care of Turner after the girl's mother, Nikki Brown, went into labor.
Turner, who is a medical professional and has been friends with Ms Brown for 10 years, is believed to have called 911 at 4.38am on Monday.
Police were told the child had fallen and had a black eye after hitting her head on a bathtub faucet.
When paramedics arrived, they found the girl unconscious but breathing. They took her to hospital where she later died.
An autopsy found Latrice died from blunt force trauma to the head and that she had suffered bruises all over body.
The case is being treated as homicide but at this stage Turner has been charged with child neglect. Police say more charges are pending. Prosecutors plan to indict her with murder, foreign media reports.