Jury deliberating in trial of mom and her girlfriend accused of beating 5-year-old daughter to death

Jury deliberating in trial of mom and her girlfriend accused of beating 5-year-old daughter to death
Ta'Naejah McCloud. (Source: Family)
Ursula Owens. (Source: WOIO)
Ursula Owens. (Source: WOIO)
Tequila Crump. (Source: WOIO)
Tequila Crump. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Jury members started deliberating Friday in the trial for Tequila Crump and Ursula Owens.

The trial began in front of Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Kelly Ann Gallagher on May 29.

Both women are charged with the fatal beating of Crump's 5-year-old daughter Ta'Naejah McCloud.

The little girl died in March 2017.

Doctors say she suffered from severe head and brain trauma as well as older injuries, including burns.

"This is a horrific case of child abuse," said Prosecutor Michael O'Malley. "These women had no regard for this young life and need to be held accountable for their actions."

Ta'Naejah had an open case with the Cuyahoga Department of Children and Family Services at the time of her death.

Family members said they tried to inform social workers of the ongoing physical abuse, but they say no action was ever taken.

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