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A man is accused of sexually torturing and murdering his girlfriend's eight-month-old baby before trying to blame her for the injuries.
Suspect Cameron Almen Elliott, 22, has been charged with capitol murder after the gruesome details were shared in court.
Elliott is accused of killing Makynslee Sanders on February 10 in Birmingham, Alabama and has been charged with capitol murder and sexual torture.
He initially told police that he had not noticed any injuries on the child, but the autopsy revealed that she had bruising on her arms, shoulders, face and genitals, and that there was a bite mark on her forearm.
The story Elliot and the child's mother, April Mason, told police was that the child was having trouble sleeping, so Elliot offered to take her on a drive to calm her down.
Ms Mason said that her daughter was uninjured before she went on the drive with Elliot.
The suspect reportedly called the child's mother from a fast food parking lot and told her that he thought the child was choking before bringing her back home.
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Elliott changed his story after police told him during an interview that forensics could determine the size of the hand that inflicted the child's injuries.
He later tried to blame the abuse on Ms Mason, claiming that the mother pushed the baby off a bed because Makynslee would not stop crying.
He also said Mason slammed her head against a bedpost, grasped her neck and put a hair clip on the baby's genitals, also claiming that he witnessed the abuse.
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Elliot's statement attempted to explain away all of the evidence police found, according to Detective Tim Pace's testimony.
He said he examined the child after taking her on a car ride and accidentally dropped her, hitting her head on the passenger's seat.
Elliott said he looked at the child's genitals and noticed that they were swollen. He also admitted that he had bitten the child on the arm.
Detective Pace pointed out that the autopsy showed that the baby had no history of abuse and the injuries all appeared to be recent.
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