Mother, friend charged with murder in infant’s death

Mother, friend charged with murder in infant’s death
Amelia Taper (Source: Family)
Amelia Taper (Source: Family)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The case of an infant who died in June has been ruled a homicide.

Police said 23-month-old Amelia Taper was found unresponsive on June 24 at Ridgecrest Apartments off Shady Vista Drive.

The baby was later found to have numerous bruises to her face and body, and an autopsy revealed sevearl internal injuries.

Officials said the baby's mother, Keinosha Taper, and her friend, Gregory Ford, have been arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse, aggravated child neglect, and first-degree murder in the case.

"Fun, loving," Larry Gordon, Amelia's father, said describing his daughter. "She woke up and came and hugged me."

According to the police affidavit, Taper and Ford were fighting when they tumbled onto the bed, which caused Amelia to fall onto the floor. Then, Taper fell on top of her. Taper also told police that she threw Amelia into her pen, hitting her head on the corner of it as she continued to fight with Ford.

Neither Taper nor Ford called 911 or did anything to help the injured child.

Later, Memphis Fire Department responded to a "sick party" call at the apartment complex. They saw the child and rushed her to the hospital, where doctors were unable to save her.

"To see my baby gone and not to get to know my child, it really hurt me," Gordon said. "It's like unreal to me, but when I go to my baby's grave, I just sit there and talk to my baby."

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