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Foster mom charged for girl's hammer death

July 20, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Los Angeles foster mom has been charged in the death of a 2-year-old girl who was killed with a hammer.

Police said 30-year-old Kiana Barker was arrested Thursday on murder and child abuse charges.

They say Barker initially told investigators she accidentally hit Viola Vanclief with a hammer while trying to free the girl, who had become trapped in a bed frame. But authorities say records show the child had several bruises. The girl died on March 4.

Barker is being held on $1.1 million bail.

Her boyfriend, 38-year-old James Julian is facing an accessory to murder charge. His bail is set at $1.6 million.


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