A mother is facing homicide and child endangerment charges after she admitted to police to kicking her 2-year-old daughter in the head inside their Bucks County, Pennsylvania, home.
Falls Township police went to Kayla Moore’s home along Sweetbriar Road in Morrisville around 1:15 p.m. Sunday after Moore called an ambulance because her 2-year-old daughter Athena Wolfe appeared to be in cardiac arrest, said a police criminal complaint.
Doctors at Aria Hospital noticed extensive bruising to Athena’s face, back and chest and that she also appeared to be malnourished, police said. Doctors at Aria stabilized Athena before she was medivaced to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for further treatment.
Doctors at CHOP were unable to save Athena and she died around 7 a.m. Monday, police said. Medical personnel at CHOP said that tests showed signs that Athena was "terribly battered and injured" and an autopsy determined her cause of death to be a homicide caused by blunt force trauma, said the criminal complaint.
Detectives spoke to Moore about her daughter’s death and the 23-year-old mother admitted to kicking Athena numerous times in the head and torso just prior to calling an ambulance to their home.
A judge arraigned Moore on criminal homicide, aggravated assault and child endangerment charges early Wednesday and denied her bail. Online court records don't list an attorney for Moore.