A 22-year-old Baton Rouge woman who police say admitted to shoving her 2-year-old daughter against a shower wall was indicted Wednesday on a second-degree murder charge in the child’s Dec. 29 death.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office ruled the death of Da’Laijah Smith a homicide after finding she died of severe blunt-force injuries to her head, neck, chest and stomach.
The child also suffered rib fractures, and abrasions and contusions on her arms and legs.
She was found unresponsive at the Beechwood Drive home where the mother and daughter lived.
Candice Smith told police she forced her child against the wall and the child hit her head.
A police report says the act was part of numerous and ongoing acts of physical abuse.
Officers had been called to the home in the 7000 block of Beechwood on several occasions for domestic disturbances involving adults, police have said.
Candice Smith faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder. Baton Rouge state court records do not indicate Smith has hired a lawyer. The case has been assigned to state District Judge Tony Marabella.