LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A South Los Angeles woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and other counts stemming from her 4-year-old daughter’s death last month.
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Akira Smith, 34, is accused of fatally beating her daughter at their home on Aug. 11. She is charged with one count each of murder, torture and assault on a child causing death.
The girl, named Eternity, was pronounced dead at 7:41 a.m. after she was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Smith was arrested at 2:30 a.m. the following day by the LAPD’s Juvenile Division and has remained behind bars since then, jail records show.READ MORE: California One Of The Worst Places To Retire In The U.S.
According to the criminal complaint, Smith was convicted in 2016 of assault with a deadly weapon and in 2014 of injuring a spouse, cohabitant, fiance or boyfriend.
The girl’s three siblings were taken into protective custody and have been released to the Department of Children and Family Services.
If convicted as charged, Smith faces a possible maximum sentence of 62 years to life in state prison. She is due back in court on Oct. 8, when a preliminary hearing date will be set.MORE NEWS: Golden Globes Nominations Announcement Set For Dec. 13
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