ELIZABETHTOWN, KY Jan 31 2012 - Charges have been upgrade against a woman after a toddler she was caring for died.
28-year-old Ashley Champan is now charged with murder in the death of 2-year-old Layla Johnson.
Police say Chapman struck and shook the little girl leaving her unconscious, bruised and bleeding.
“The mother of the child and the babysitter, Ms. Chapman, had a conversation throughout the day, based on that conversation the mother felt the need the child needed to be picked up immediately,” said Kentucky State Police MTPR Norman Chaffins.
Chaffins say Layla’s grandmother immediately picked up Layla and took her to Hardin Memorial Hospital because Layla was unresponsive. From there, she was taken to Kosair Children’s hospital in Louisville, where she died on Sunday.
Police say Chapman had been watching Layla since late last year. Police say there were no signs of abuse prior to this recent case and Layla was the only child in her care at the time of the alleged beating.
Chapman told police that she had previously worked at a licensed day care facility in Hardin County.
Chapman will be arraigned on her murder charge Tuesday.