Couple arrested following beating death of 3-year-old

Texarkana, AR couple charged with murder
McKenna Belcher-Cawley, 23
McKenna Belcher-Cawley, 23
Everette John Cawley, 23
Everette John Cawley, 23

TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) - A toddler has died after authorities say she was beaten to the point of unconsciousness.

The 3-year-old was treated at Christus St. Michael Health in Texarkana early Tuesday morning then flown by helicopter to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Texarkana, Ark., police Sgt. Kristi Bennett said.

The girl, who was pronounced dead at 5:10 p.m., had extensive external and internal injuries.

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Her stepmother, 26-year-old McKenna Belcher Cawley, now is charged with capital murder and second-degree domestic battery.

Her father, 23-year-old Everette John Cawley, is charged with two counts of permitting the abuse of a minor.

Additional charges are pending.

Another toddler and an infant are in DHS custody after having been removed from the Cawley home.

The Texarkana, Ark., criminal investigation division is handling this case.

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