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A woman from El Segundo and her boyfriend have been charged with murder and child abuse in the death of their 7-year-old daughter.

Ida Helen Brockman, 30, and Malachi Xavier Whalen, 29, were arrested on Friday.

They have each been charged with one count of murder and one count of child abuse, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Brockman was also charged with one count of torture.

When the couple brought the daughter, Amaiya Dawson, to the hospital on September 9, she did not respond, the sheriff’s department said in a press release.

Officials at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital suspected the girl, who suffered multiple injuries, of being abused and called the Hawthorne Police Department.

Officers spoke to Brockman and Whalen at the hospital and concluded their statements were inconsistent with the girl’s injuries.

Sheriff’s Department homicide investigators then proceeded to their apartment, in Block 3000 of El Segundo Boulevard. The two were arrested shortly after by Hawthorne Police.

They are being held in LA County jails, each on $ 2.6 million bail, and are expected to be brought to justice on September 23.



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