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Caregiver avoids death penalty with plea deal in toddler beating death

Tarika Wilson, 32
Tarika Wilson, 32
Published: Apr. 15, 2016 at 4:55 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 29, 2016 at 4:58 PM CDT
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Rizcheir Muskelly, who was brought to the emergency room at LSU Hospital bruised and...
Rizcheir Muskelly, who was brought to the emergency room at LSU Hospital bruised and unconscious, died of blunt force trauma. (Source: Debbie Muskelly)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The Shreveport woman accused of brutally beating a 3-year-old girl in her care to death has pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty.

Tarika Wilson, 36, was charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of Rizcheir Muskelly on June 17, 2013.

An autopsy found that the toddler died from blunt force trauma. Wilson, who was caring for the little girl along with her 2 sisters while their mother was serving time in jail, was accused of beating the little girl to death with an extension cord.

In exchange for pleading guilty Thursday and waiving her right to appeal, prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty. Instead, Wilson will spend the rest of her life in prison without the possibility of parole.

According to court records, the state has also agreed not to object to Wilson's request that the court recommend that she be assigned to a Louisiana Department of Corrections facility near her parents' and son's homes.

It's not yet known where Wilson will serve her time.

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