MURFREESBORO, Ark. — A mental exam has been ordered for a southwest Arkansas man charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 2-month-old daughter.

The Texarkana Gazette reports that the exam was ordered Monday for 32-year-old Frankey Tigue of Murfreesboro.

Tigue is charged with the November death of Francesca Tigue.

Court records show Tigue intends to use a defense of mental disease or defect.

Prosecutors say the infant died of brain injuries and had several fractured ribs.

Information from: Texarkana Gazette,

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