Akira Smith, 34, was arrested on Wednesday after her daughter, Eternity, was rushed to the hospital early the previous evening. She was pronounced dead within two hours of arrival, LA police said.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Smith is accused of beating her daughter to death “on or about August 11.”
How do you protect your children from predators? Join Nancy Grace and a team of world-class experts for the online course ‘Justice Nation: Crime Stops Here’.
Police said that hospital staff thought Eternity’s death was suspicious, and called police. LAPD’s Abused Child Section investigated.
The DA’s office said that Smith has prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon in 2016 and injuring a spouse, cohabitant, fiance, or boyfriend in 2014.
Smith was arraigned Friday on a $3.05 million bail. She faces a maximum sentence of 62 years to life if convicted as charged.
For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast:
Join Nancy Grace for her new online video series designed to help you protect what you love most – your children.
[Featured image: Pixabay]