Sadly and tragically, a toddler died Friday from injuries caused by a brutal sex assault at a Virginia motel, police said Tuesday.
The mother of 17-month-old Nariah Brown, Aija Brown, told WTVR she left her daughter in a motel room with a person she trusted.
When she returned to pick her up, Aija discovered that her daughter had been violently assaulted.
Police confirmed a person of interest in the case has been jailed in the alleged May 8 attack.
A person was arrested by U.S. Marshals on a probation violation, WTVR reports.
The mother, Aija Brown, spoke to CBS 6 Crime Insider Jon Burkett following her daughter’s death. Nariah Brown was 17 months old.
“I was gonna’ always do anything to protect her,” Brown said.
“She never did anything to anybody. She wasn’t a mean baby. She was loving. She would go up to strangers hug them and smile.”
Nariah was Brown’s only child and the little girl got a tough start in life. She was born prematurely, and, for three months, she fought to live.
According to Aija, she never missed a day at the hospital. She always told her baby girl that she would never leave her side. A promise she said she kept until the very end.
“I was giving my baby CPR in the back seat,” Brown said. “Because I thought she wasn’t breathing.”
Nariah had a glowing personality and was like many other children of her age.
“She loved puppy dog pals and loved dogs,” said Brown. “She’d say ‘woof-woof.’ She was just really learning to talk.”
Aija will have to lean on her family for support and love to help her carry on without her smiling and happy baby girl.
At the moment, no one has been charged yet in Nariah’s death. Charges are expected to be announced soon, according to WTVR sources.
The cause and manner of Nariah’s death has not yet been released. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.
There will be a vigil for Nariah Tuesday night; The family is hoping for donations to help afford funeral expenses.
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