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Moorhead couple accused of murder in 3-year-old boy's beating death

The boy was in their care when he suffered injuries caused by an assault, an autopsy revealed

Prosecutors on Monday charged a Moorhead couple with the murder of a 3-year-old boy who was beaten to death while in their care.

The charges filed in Clay County District Court accuse Rosa Esperanza Garza, 24, and Shiann Lynn Erickson, 22, of killing the boy in March. Investigators received the final autopsy report June 28 that states the homicide was caused by an assault, notably a blow that perforated the boy's bowel. The report said the boy suffered 28 blunt force injuries.

Garza and Erickson were booked Monday at the Clay County jail in Moorhead and remain in custody. They are both charged with second-degree murder while committing felony child neglect and endangerment.


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