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5-year-old girl dies following injuries from suspected child abuse; stepfather arrested


AUBURN, Alabama — Police say a 5-year-old Auburn girl has died and her stepfather has been arrested for domestic violence and child abuse.

WSFA-TV ( ) reports Caley Presley died Monday night at Children's Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham. Caley was found unresponsive with a head injury in a duplex Sunday.

Authorities say 34-year-old George W. Barton, the child's stepfather, has been charged with first-degree domestic violence and aggravated child abuse. An affidavit shows the man admitted to beating the child. Police say Caley was in Barton's care at the time she sustained her injuries.

The child's body is being sent to the medical examiner's office in Montgomery for autopsy.

Barton is currently in custody at the Lee County Jail and is being held without bond. It is unclear if he has a lawyer.

Information from: WSFA-TV,

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