CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Police have charged two people in connection with a fatal child abuse case that the Kannapolis Police Department's Chief has called "one of the worst child abuse cases in his 30 years".
Kannapolis Police have charged 30-year-old John Travis Turner and 20-year-old Alisha Nicole Carlisle in the death of 15-month-old Malaya Faith Heun.
Malaya was brutally assaulted on January 19 of this year and died two days later at CMC Main from complications of blunt force trauma and hypovolemic shock, Kannapolis Police say.
The Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded an autopsy on Malaya, and released those results last week.
Malaya’s death has been determined to be septic shock following blunt force trauma to the abdomen. The report listed several injuries including clavicle and rib fractures, some bruising on her head and hemorrhaging. The examiner said there were not any signs of sexual abuse, but did say there were signs of repeated trauma.