Mother's boyfriend charged in death of of 2-month-old daughter

1 year 2 months 4 weeks ago Friday, October 21 2016 Oct 21, 2016 Friday, October 21, 2016 12:56:00 PM CDT October 21, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

OZARK (AP) — A mother said "crying isn't enough" after her boyfriend was charged with killing the couple's 2-month-old daughter in southwest Missouri.

The Springfield News-Leader reported Ren Jones said she wanted to give her daughter, Iris Church, "everything."

Thirty-nine-year-old James Church pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Christian County. He was also charged with three counts of abuse or neglect of a child.

His public defender didn't immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.

Court documents said Church told Ozark police he was alone with Iris on Oct. 3 when he shook her and then dropped her onto an inflatable couch from chest height. The girl died later in a St. Louis hospital, and a medical examination showed she suffered broken ribs previously.

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