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California woman, boyfriend charged with murder in death of 7-year-old girl


A Hawthorne woman and her boyfriend face murder charges in the death of her 7-year-old girl from unspecified injuries suffered last week, authorities said.

Hawthorne police were called to Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in Willowbrook at 12:55 p.m. on Sept. 9, said Deputy Grace Medrano of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is assisting in the investigation.

Ida Helen Brockman, 30, and Malachi Xavier Whalen, 29, had driven the girl to the emergency room and she was unresponsive, Medrano said.

“The victim sustained multiple injuries that were inconsistent with statements made by the mother and her boyfriend,” Medrano said.

Investigators then went to their home, an apartment in the 3000 block of El Segundo Boulevard, where they found evidence, Medrano said. The couple was then arrested.

The girl’s identity was not disclosed by authorities and neither were further details about her injuries, how they were sustained and what investigators found inside the apartment.

Brockman and Whalen have both been charged with murder and child-abuse resulting in death, Medrano said. Whalen faces an additional charge of torture.

On Wednesday, they were being held in jail on a $2 million bail amount for each, according to inmate records.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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