Mother, boyfriend charged in 3-year-old Florida girl's death

Crestview Couple Charged in Connection to Toddler's Death

Her body was dumped in remote area, according to law enforcement allegations.

- A murder charge has been filed against the boyfriend of a Florida woman whose 3-year-old daughter died after he allegedly kicked her in the head because she got out of a auto seat. Her body was later found in the woods, resulting in charges against both Destinee J. Merrell, 23, and her boyfriend, Cory M. Hagwell, 29.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says additional charges are likely.

They said the child was last seen playing in their backyard.

Police said Destinee J. Merrell, 23, told them that her boyfriend, Cory M. Hagwell, 29, had kicked the girl in the head because she had climbed out of her auto seat, the Northwest Florida Daily News reported.

She had apparent head trauma, but an autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause and manner of death, according to deputies. Hagwell was arrested on one count of aggravated child abuse.

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The couple initially reported the child missing, but police said the mother later told them what happened, the newspaper reported.

"During the jail interview Merrell also told investigators Hagwell lost his job about one month ago, and began exhibiting escalating violence towards Adelynn".

Hagwell thus far has been charged with aggravated child abuse, while Merrell has been charged with aggravated child abuse in addition to three counts of child neglect.

There was another child in the home - a five-year-old boy who doctors say suffered from malnutrition, weighing less than 33 pounds.

More charges are forthcoming, reports said.

Merrell had allegedly locked Adelynn and another child alone in a room in the house in September, police say.

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