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Husband and wife accused of killing 2-year-old child in their care, Georgia police say

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Source: Hall County Sheriff's Office

Oct. 11 2021, Published 3:44 p.m. ET

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A husband and wife have been charged with felony murder after a toddler in their care died, police said.

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Between noon and 2 p.m. Oct. 10, Juan Martinez, 31, and Nancy Martinez, 32, who are married, allegedly caused traumatic brain injury and other internal injuries to the child, resulting in her death, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

The 2-year-old victim, Valeria Jordon Garfias, was in the couple’s care at their residence in the 2000 block of Bennett Circle in Gainesville, Georgia, while her parents were at work, cops say.

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Hall County Fire Services took Garfias to Northeast Georgia Medical Center following the initial medical call about the victim, according to the sheriff's office.

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Garfias was flown to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Hospital, where she later died.

Hospital officials notified investigators because of the nature of the victim’s injuries.

In addition to the murder charge, Juan and Nancy Martinez are each charged with first-degree cruelty to children. They were booked into the Hall County Jail and are being held without bond.

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