Father and stepmother charged in 14-month-old’s death

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The father and stepmother of a 14-month-old child in Claiborne County have been charged in her death.
According to the Sheriff, Morris Bevily IV and TKia Bevily are being charged with capital murder in the death of Jurayah Smith.

The Claiborne County sheriff’s department arrested the couple Monday morning. According to the Sheriff, preliminary hearings have not yet been scheduled.

14-month old Jurayah Smith died on October 22 in 2017. She was in the care of her father Morris and stepmother Tkia Bevily.

The baby died from multiple blunt head trauma. The manner of her death was described as a homicide.

The Sheriff and Claiborne Co. District Attorney Alexander Martin said they had been awaiting the official autopsy from the State Crime Lab before proceeding with any arrests.

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