Prosecutors: Parents indicted on murder, child endangerment charges in toddler's beating death


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ELIZABETH, New Jersey — The parents of a northern New Jersey toddler who allegedly was beaten to death have been indicted on murder and child endangerment charges.

A Union County grand jury returned the indictment against Jorge Orozco and Raquel Ramirez on Friday. But it was not made public until Saturday.

Prosecutors say the charges against the 30-year-old Elizabeth residents stem from the February death of their 2-year-old daughter, Dayana. Both are accused of causing the injuries that led to her death.

The toddler was found unresponsive in her family's apartment and was pronounced dead there a short time later. An autopsy determined she died from blunt-force trauma and her death was ruled a homicide.

It was not known Saturday if either Orozco or Ramirez have retained attorneys.

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