Man accused in step-daughter's death could face death penalty - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Man accused in step-daughter's death could face death penalty

The man who prosecutors say killed a little girl could potentially face the death penalty.

Danny Amador made his first court appearance Tuesday morning in a Shelby County Courtroom.

Amador is charged with first degree murder in the aggravated child abuse of his step-daughter, 13-month-old Cynthia Ramirez.

In court, prosecutors said they want the case go before the grand jury.
"Potentially, a capital case, we don't make those decisions in the very first moments but a case involving the death of a small child can involve the death penalty.  Not to say that it will, we take these cases very, very seriously," prosecutor Bobby Carter said.

Police said Ramirez suffered severe head trauma Thursday night.  She was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center where she died.

Ramirez's mother has not been charged.

Amador is being held in custody without bond.  A judge will decide if there's enough evidence against him to keep him in custody at a hearing next month.

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