Mom and Boyfriend Charged After 3-Year-Old Girl Dies in The Bronx, DA Says

By Aidan Gardiner on May 2, 2013 10:51am | Updated on May 2, 2013 4:21pm

 Leon Walters and Sherika Stewart were charged with beating Ahnya Louis-Hardy, 3, who later died. She is pictured here with a family friend.
Leon Walters and Sherika Stewart were charged with beating Ahnya Louis-Hardy, 3, who later died. She is pictured here with a family friend.
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BRONX —A Bronx mother and her boyfriend have confessed to using a belt to beat a 3-year-old girl a day before she was found dead in her home Monday, prosecutors said.

Leon Walters, 25, and Sherika Stewart, 22, were charged with assault, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child, prosecutors said. The pair admitted to investigators that they repeatedly struck Ahnya Louis-Hardy on her arms and legs between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday, according to their criminal complaint.

Charges could be elevated if the medical examiner's autopsy determines that the girl died from the beating, a spokesman for the Bronx District Attorney's office said.

The girl was covered in bruises on her arms, legs and back when she was rushed to Montefiore Medical Center about 4 p.m. Monday, cops and prosecutors said.

She was pronounced dead upon arrival, police said.

Stewart was being held at Rikers Island on $20,000 bail awaiting a court appearance on Friday, according to the Department of Corrections. Walters was released on bail Thursday.

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