ATLANTA, Ga. (AP/WFLA) — A trial is set to begin this week for two sisters accused in the fatal spanking and beating of a 3-year-old with a baseball bat for taking a cupcake from the kitchen.
LaShirley Morris and Glenndria Morris, of Atlanta, are charged with two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault and two counts of cruelty in the first-degree in connection with the death of KeJuan Mason, 3.
Authorities say the beating happened on Oct. 21, 2017.
According to an indictment, LaShirley Morris used the bat to hit KeJuan Mason repeatedly in the head while her sister — the child’s legal guardian — used her hand to spank the little boy.
The medical examiner said the 3-year-old died from blunt force trauma.
The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said the boy suffered bruises on his legs, back, chest, buttocks, arm and head, according a report by NBC affiliate WXIA in Atlanta.
The trial is scheduled for Jan. 3.