Suburban St. Louis woman accused in toddler daughter's death
FESTUS (AP) - A St. Louis-area woman has been accused of having a role in her toddler daughter's April death.
Festus Police Chief Timothy Lewis said 21-year-old Taylor Lynn Fast was charged with second-degree murder, abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death, and first-degree child endangerment.
Lewis said Layla Marie Fast was younger than 2 years old and had been beaten but was not taken by her mother for treatment. Investigators said Fast claimed that a spider bite had rendered her daughter unconscious.
Fast's boyfriend already had been accused of abusing Fast's 3-year-old son, who police said sustained a broken leg.
Online court records did not show whether Fast had an attorney Tuesday.