Woman, man charged with capital murder in the death of Cullman County child

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CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) – A woman and man have been charged with capital murder in the death of one-year-old child from nearly two years ago.

Our news partners at Al.com reported Saturday that a Cullman County grand jury indicted 24-year-old Crystal Ballenger and 38-year-old Jeffery Hugh Brown in the death of the child. The child’s death occurred his birthday, March 11, 2014.

Autopsy results say the child suffered 89 injuries to his body. Police say the boy’s skull was fractured.

The Cullman Times report that Ballenger and Brown were also charged with sexual torture and capital murder during sexual abuse.

Ballenger and Brown initially told police the child accidentally drowned in a bathtub. But police say the child had bruising all over his body that indicated possible abuse.

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