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Couple charged in death of 17-month-old

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

A Charlotte couple has been charged in the death of a 17-month-old girl who showed signs of physical abuse, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

Jade Sheree Butler, 22, and Antonio Fernelle Cathey, 21, were charged with murder and felony child abuse in connection with the death of Kyiemani Aveah Brewer, CMPD said in a news release.

At 8:24 p.m. Oct. 18, police were called to the 3200 block of Nobles Avenue on a report of an infant who was not responding. Medic took the victim to Carolinas Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

During their investigation, police detectives determined that the infant was physically assaulted, which led to her death, CMPD said in a news release.

On Oct. 19, police arrested Butler, the mother of the victim, and Butler’s boyfriend, Cathey. They were taken to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, where they remained in custody Sunday.

Cathey has a criminal record dating to at least 2009 that includes convictions for larceny and simple assault.

Butler’s and Cathey’s Facebook pages said they were in a relationship as of Sept. 6.

Butler’s profile has several pictures of her daughter posted. And on May 1, Butler wrote, “A year ago i was blessed wit(h) a beautiful baby girl tht i instantly feel in love wit(h). Ni ni mommy loves yu so much an i do anything ta see yu happy an strive to the top. # Happy birthday Kyiemani.”

Police asked anyone with information about the incident to call 704-432-8477 (TIPS) and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Watson is the lead detective assigned to the case. Residents can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; Twitter: @earriero
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