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Mom of dead Arizona toddler charged with 1st degree murder

March 10, 2018

This photo provided by the Tucson Police Department shows Tamara Fowler. Authorities say they’ve arrested Fowler, the mother of a 6-month old toddler, because she allegedly knew the boy’s father put blankets on the baby to muffle his cries. Fowler was arrested Friday, March 9, 2018, for first-degree murder and three counts of child abuse. (Tucson Police Department via AP)

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve arrested the mother of a six-month old Arizona toddler because she allegedly knew the boy’s father put blankets on the baby to muffle his cries.

Tucson Police Department says 31-year-old Tamara Fowler was arrested Friday for first-degree murder and three counts of child abuse.

Zechariah MacDonald, MacDonald’s 22-year-old father, was arrested March 8 in the death after police and paramedics responded to reports of an unconscious child who wasn’t breathing.

The Pima County Attorney’ Office later upgraded the charge against the father from manslaughter to first-degree murder and three counts of child abuse.

When the child died, police said they determined MacDonald was watching his two children while their mother was working and placed blankets over Killian to muffle the noise so he could take a nap.

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