Shelby County man charged with murder of 15-month-old

SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - A man accused of child abuse in Shelby County is now charged with murder.

Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry says 22-year old James Wesley Howard is charged with capital murder in the death of 15-month old Kara Nichole Lee. The girl died Sunday at Children's Hospital

Howard was arrested last week after the girl was taken to the hospital, with extensive injuries.

Sheriff Curry says Howard had been living with the girl and her mother for about two months.

"The tragedy to the mom and her family and the biological father, those are the people that truly feel this loss and hurt the most," says Curry. "But I think any time that anybody that works in public safety can't tell you they are unaffected by what they see in do."

Sheriff curry says the mother has been cooperative. He says there are currently no plans to seek charges against her.