Woman, 36, charged in toddler's fatal beating

Published: Apr. 11, 2020 at 11:40 AM EDT
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(4/11/20) - A 36-year-old western Michigan woman has been charged with murder and child abuse following the death of a toddler she was babysitting.

Kellie Barthel was arraigned Friday in Montcalm County District Court.

Nearly 2-year-old Vayda Vasquez was found unresponsive March 2 in a Douglass Township home, northeast of Grand Rapids. She had suffered multiple skull fractures and later was pronounced dead.

Barthel was arrested Wednesday. The Associated Press was unable Friday night to determine if Barthel has an attorney.

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