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Mother arrested in death of Fayetteville child; police searching for second suspect

Posted March 24, 2016 6:30 p.m. EDT
Updated March 27, 2016 8:27 a.m. EDT

— Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department's Homicide Unit arrested Jeanie Kassandra Ditty Thursday for the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Macey Ditty.

Authorities are still searching for Zachary Earl Keefer, of Village Lake Court in Spring Lake, who is also wanted for the death of Macey Ditty.

Jeanie Ditty, 23, and Keefer, 32, were both charged with first degree murder and negligent child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

Officials responded to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center on Dec. 2, 2015 in reference to an unresponsive child. A preliminary investigation revealed that Macey Ditty had bruises all over her body and determined that the child suffered life-threatening injuries consistent with child abuse.

Macey Ditty died on Dec. 4, 2015 as a result of her injuries.

On Wednesday, the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled Macey Ditty’s death to be a homicide.

Jeanie Ditty was being held at the Cumberland County Jail without bond.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Keefer, or the incident, is asked to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-224-3257 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.