Mother charged with baby daughter's murder

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - An Indiana woman has been charged in Jefferson County with the murder of her 10-week-old baby daughter.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, in a statement Wednesday morning to FOX6 News, said Whitney Wilson, 23, of Indianapolis, Ind., had been charged with capital murder in the death of her daughter, Cadence Davidson.  Investigators said Sunday night at about 9:30 p.m., Davidson arrived at Children's Hospital in Birmingham, unconcious and injured.

Doctors told authorities Davidson had several, non-accidental injuries, including a skull fracture. She died Monday morning.

Investigators said Wilson told them she drove Saturday and Sunday from Indiana to the McCalla area to visit her parents, bringing Davidson in the car with her. She said she stopped along the way to give the child a bottle but the child did not seem interested in eating. They arrived at her parents' home at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, where her parents became concerned about the baby's health when Davidson became unresponsive. Wilson's father took her to UAB West in Bessemer, and from there the child was transported to Children's Hospital in Birmingham.

Investigators said Wilson denied harming the child and said she was the only person who had been alone with the child. Wilson was arrested Sunday night for child abuse and placed in the custody of the Jefferson County Jail.  After Davidson's death Monday morning, detectives from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office presented the case to the District Attorney's Office in the Bessemer Division of Jefferson County, where a capital murder warrant was issued.

Wilson was being held in the Jefferson County jail Wednesday without bond.

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