PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two women are facing murder charges after the beating death of a 2-year-old girl. Police first responded to Marsden Street in the city’s Tacony neighborhood on Thursday for an unresponsive child.
The district attorney’s office says it approved charges Saturday for two suspects — Yaritza Cirilo-Fuentes, who was considered the child’s godmother, and Helen Smith, who was not related to the child but was living in the home.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: DA Krasner To Highlight DAO's Relocation Program, Provide Gun Crimes Update
Officials called the beating “horrific” and “long-term.”READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccine For 5- To 11-Year-Olds Is Safe And Shows 'Robust' Antibody Response, Pfizer Says
“I can’t imagine that there would ever be a motive that could be understood or sort of dissected from an adult person who would torture a 2-year-old,” Assistant District Attorney Chesley Lightsey said.
The district attorney’s office says the mother didn’t have custody of the child, and had left her in the care of Cirilo-Fuentes, believing the young girl would be safe.MORE NEWS: Police: 3 Suspects Wearing 'Police Vests' Wanted For Stealing Car In Roxborough Home Invasion
If anyone has information about this case you’re asked to reach out to the Philadelphia Police homicide unit.