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Mother Charged With Murdering Her Daughter With a Hammer

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A Los Angeles foster mother has been charged with murder and her boyfriend with being an accessory in the killing of a 2-year-old girl who was struck with a hammer. Police said Monday that 30-year-old Kiana Barker was arrested last week on murder and child abuse charges.

Barker initially told investigators that she accidentally struck Viola Vanclief with a hammer while trying to free her after the girl became trapped in a bed frame. But authorities say records show the child had several bruises. The girl died March 4. Barker is being held on $1.1 million bail.

Her boyfriend 38-year-old James Julian surrendered Saturday after a warrant was issued on charges of dissuading a witness and accessory to murder. He is being held on $1.6 million bail. It was unknown if either had an attorney.

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