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Babysitter, boyfriend indicted in death of Tennessee girl, 2

October 3, 2018

SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. (AP) — Court records say a man and his girlfriend have been indicted in a 2-year-old’s death in Tennessee.

News outlets cite the records saying 27-year-old Benjamin Brown and Brandi Giannunzio were indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury in Annie Burkett Shell’s death. Brown is accused of inflicting mortal injuries on Annie nearly two weeks before she died on Aug. 21.

Annie’s parents, David Shell and Tiffany Shell, tell WRCB-TV that Giannunzio was Annie’s babysitter and they aren’t sure how she was hurt at Giannunzio’s home. They say she was a family friend.

Brown was charged with murder and child abuse. Giannunzio was charged with offenses including making false reports. They’re scheduled to appear in court Friday morning for an arraignment hearing. It’s unclear if they have lawyers who could comment.

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Information from: WRCB-TV, http://www.wrcbtv.com/

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