Sikeston Woman Accused of Killing 1-Year-Old Stepdaughter

JULY 27, 2006 - Posted at 3:00 p.m. CDT

SIKESTON, MO - A southeast Missouri woman faces charges of first-degree murder and child abuse in the death of her one-year-old stepdaughter.

Police say 23-year-old Ashley Clark of Sikeston swung Devionah Clark into a door and threw her.  Devionah died Tuesday at St. Louis Children's Hospital.  Clark was charged yesterday.

Police were called to Clark's home Monday.  Authorities say she admitted to the abuse, saying she was stressed because the child was crying.

A doctor at Children's says Devionah suffered swelling of the brain, bleeding inside the eyes and "traumatic" brain injury consistent with physical abuse.

Clark is jailed without bond.

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