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Bells, Tennessee (The Weekly Vice) - Molly Jane Roe, a 24-year-old Tennessee woman was jailed Thursday after she allegedly raped and then murdered her boyfriend's 17-month old daughter.
According to police, Roe was initially charged with aggravated child abuse after her boyfriend's toddler daughter was found with a severe head injury and then flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center on Tuesday.
Roe allegedly threw the child, causing her head to hit a blunt object. The little girl, identified as Maleeya Marie Murley, suffered a severe brain injury from the impact. Medical examiners also found severe bruising to the girl's vaginal area, right hip and abdomen. A bite mark was also found on the child's back.
Roe was taken into custody Thursday and was initially charged with child abuse, however, those charges were upgraded after the child died from her injuries.
Investigators say the assault occurred at the child's father's house - who resides with his parents. The father, identified as Philip Murley Jr., has not been implicated in the assault. The child's mother, Crystal Gilbert, had primary custody of the child and was also not involved in the assault.
Phillip Murley Sr., the child's grandfather, stated that Roe had just recently moved back into the residence with her two-year-old daughter.
"He thought he had a family...thought he was going to make a family, and it's just hard for him. He's just devastated," said Phillip Murley Sr. about his son.
Phillip Murley Jr. made the sad announcement on his Facebook page after a friend asked why he changed his relationship status from "in a relationship" to "single".
"(sic) CAUSE SHE KILLED MY DAUGHTER N THE POLICE GOT HER N SHE S GOIN DOWN FOR MURDER1 WHERE AT VANDERBILT THERES NOTHIN THEY COULD DO HER DAMAGES WHERE TOO SEVERE I VE LOST MY LIL GIRL MAN IM HEARTBROKEN," Murley posted.
Roe now faces additional charges of first-degree murder and aggravated rape. Bail has not been set in the case.
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June 14, 2011
Posted by Danny Vice at 11:03:00 PM
Molly Roe - Charged With Raping And Then Murdering Boyfriend's Toddler Daughter