Local Woman Charged In Death Of Boyfriend's Baby

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A woman was arrested and charged Monday in the death of her boyfriend's 13-month-old daughter.

Police said Leigh A. Postalwait, 20, of Barberton, caused the injuries Sept. 19 that resulted in Ashley Kirk's death two days later, when she was removed from a respirator.

Summit County Medical Examiner Lisa Kohler said the girl died from blunt-force head trauma.

Police said Ashley likely was the victim of shaken baby syndrome, a condition that occurs when a child's fragile brain slams against the developing skull.

Postalwait faces one count each of murder and felonious assault.

She was in the Summit County jail on Monday night. She was to be arraigned Tuesday.

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