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Autopsy: Toddler died of 'non-accidental injuries'

Posted August 5, 2011 7:44 p.m. EDT
Updated August 5, 2011 7:49 p.m. EDT

— A 2-year-old Wilson girl, whose mother faces a charge of first-degree murder, died of "non-accidental" injuries to her abdomen and head, according to an autopsy released Friday.

Along with Angel Lamm Kirby, her boyfriend, Matthew John Redance, both of 3701 Ashbrook Drive, Apt. 603, also faces a first-degree murder charge in the Nov. 29, 2010, death of Alyssia Lynn Kirby.

The autopsy found three new injuries on the child's abdomen, a fresh skull fracture, an older rib fracture and three older injuries in the abdomen and pelvis. Blunt force likely caused all the injuries, the autopsy concluded.

After taking Alyssia to the pediatrician earlier in the day for a rash, Kirby and Redance told investigators they found the girl with vomit in her bed, staring and refusing to stand, according to the autopsy report.

They took Alyssia to the Wilson Medical Center but didn't do CPR on the way, the report states. It goes on to say that the girl was "pale and floppy" when she arrived at the hospital, and she was pronounced dead a half-hour later.

Kirby told pediatricians on Oct. 26, 2010, that a bruise on Alyssia's abdomen was caused by her falling out of bed on a toy, according to the autopsy report. When a doctor again questioned her about abdominal bruising on Nov. 20, 2010, Kirby said she didn't know if her child had fallen, the report states.

Kirby and Redance were placed in the Wilson County jail without bond.