Mother facing charges in daughter's death appears in court

Police said Carmen was beaten by Ellis' boyfriend, Jose Cruz. Cruz now faces murder charges.

Indianapolis

A mother facing neglect charges in the death of her 3-year-old daughter made her first appearance in court Monday.

Samantha Ellis had her initial hearing In connection with the death of her daughter Carmen.

Police said Carmen was beaten by Ellis' boyfriend, Jose Cruz. Cruz now faces murder charges.

Ellis was arrested because investigators said she failed to seek medical treatment for her daughter.

She said her boyfriend always had an excuse for the bruises and she was afraid he would get upset if she looked for help.

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