Mother mourns death of 2-month-old girl; boyfriend charged

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OZARK, Mo. (AP) _ A mother says “crying isn’t enough” after her boyfriend was charged with killing the couple’s 2-month-old daughter in southwest Missouri.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Ren Jones says she wanted to give her daughter, Iris Church, “everything.”

Thirty-nine-year-old James Church has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Christian County. He’s also charged with three counts of abuse or neglect of a child.

His public defender didn’t immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.

Court documents say Church told Ozark police he was alone with Iris on Oct. 3 when he shook her and then dropped her onto an inflatable couch from chest height. The girl died later in a St. Louis hospital, and a medical examination showed she suffered broken ribs previously.
Information from: Springfield News-Leader

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