Mother Accused Of Killing Her Non-Verbal, Handicapped 9-Year-Old Daughter: Know More Here

After allegedly drowning her wheelchair-bound 9-year-old daughter in a bathtub and leaving her body there for several days, a California woman has been charged with murder.

Mother Accused Of Killing Her Non-Verbal, Handicapped 9-Year-Old Daughter: Know More Here

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office stated that Khadiyjah Aliyyah Pendergraph, 32, was charged on Tuesday with one felony count of murder following the discovery of her daughter’s body in their Westminster flat on Friday.

Victoria, Pendergraph’s daughter, was mute and confined to a wheelchair.

On Friday, Pendergraph was taken into custody by the authorities in the Aliso Viejo grocery store parking lot. It was on this same day that Victoria’s body was found in the flat, decaying in the bathtub.

Just before noon, police checked on the girl’s wellbeing, and when they broke down the door, they found the girl’s body showing indications of trauma, according to Fox 11.

On Friday, the girl’s father had called the police to report his daughter missing and to ask that the young child and her mother be looked after. Prosecutors added that the request came after he got alarming communications about their kid from his ex-wife.

The father of the girl tried to pick her up on Thanksgiving as planned, but the flat door was locked and no one answered, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Later, he called the police to report the alarm.

Prosecutors said Pendergraph claimed she made at least one attempt at suicide in the days after her daughter’s passing.

“While families across America sat down to Thanksgiving dinner with their loved ones, this little disabled girl’s lifeless body was left to rot in a bathtub after being drowned by her own mother,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said.

“Words simply do not exist to express the utter heartbreak knowing this little girl could not even scream for help as her mother pushed her underwater and cut her life so tragically and so unnecessarily short.”

If found guilty, Pendergraph could receive a maximum sentence of 25 years to life.

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