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May 21, 2019

Trial begins for Texas man accused in brutal slaying of 4-year-old girl who drank brother’s juice

October 10, 2018
Leiliana Wright was brutally beaten to death in March of 2016. (Facebook)

A jury on Wednesday heard the 911 call made by the Texas man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter who drank her brother’s juice.

Charles Phifer is accused of capital murder in connection with the brutal death of little Leiliana Wright in March of 2016. Leiliana’s mother, Jeri Quezada, was hit with a 50-year sentence last year, and is expected to testify against Phifer.

Charles Phifer faces life in prison.
Charles Phifer faces life in prison. (Dallas County Jail)

Prosecutors say Leiliana was beaten with a belt and bamboo stick and thrown against a wall in their Grand Prairie home. The couple did heroin before they assaulted the child, and then continued using the drug after leaving the beaten Leiliana tied up in the closet, according to the Dallas Morning News. They had put her in the closet because she was throwing up.

The couple would call for help, but Leiliana was later pronounced dead. The cause was found to be blunt-force trauma.

Quezada said that Leiliana fell in the shower, but the child had whip marks on her back, according to the Morning News.

The horrifying death came several months after social workers were told that the little girl was in danger. A caseworker and and supervisor were fired, according to the Morning News.

The trial opened Wednesday with the 911 call and testimony from a doctor who said that Leiliana was dead when she arrived at the hospital, according to Fox 4.

Phifer faces life in prison without parole.

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