Toddler Beaten to Death with Basketball Sneaker, Babysitter Did It, Say Cops


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (CBS/WREG) A Memphis man is charged with beating a 2-year-old to death with a basketball sneaker, after the toddler accidentally defecated on herself.

According to an affidavit obtained by CBS affiliate WREG, Calvin Jones told police he was babysitting the 2-year-old girl Friday May 14, when she had an accident.

Jones told police he used "a basketball shoe" and the back of his hand to hit the child several times.

Jones is charged with first degree murder and two counts of aggravated child abuse.

The child's mother, Anisha Alford, is charged with one count of aggravated child abuse.

Police say Alford admitted her daughter had spit up, and complained of being cold and feeling sick, but she took no action.  Police records do not indicate whether Alford was aware of the beating.

Authorities say Alford and Jones decided not to seek medical treatment, and then found the child dead Saturday morning.

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