Man charged in toddler beating death was out on bond - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Man charged in toddler beating death was out on bond

D'Andre Blake (courtesy Memphis Police Department) D'Andre Blake (courtesy Memphis Police Department)

A Memphis man charged with beating his two-year-old daughter to death over a potty training issue was out on bond, already charged with second degree murder.

Investigators charged D'Andre Blake, 20, with first degree murder in perpetration of an aggravated child abuse in the Monday evening death of his daughter Dre-Ona.

According to Memphis Police Major Joe Scott, at the time of the incident, Blake was out on a $20,000 bond, charged with second degree murder in the February 2006 death of Ray Anthony Berry, 21. Blake is scheduled to stand trial for Berry's murder next month.

Berry's mother, DeAnda Swift, was in disbelief when she received a call from prosecutors telling her Blake is now accused of murdering his two-year-old daughter. Swift said she feared he would hurt someone else.

"We have to wake up and realize these people who are committing these murders are going to continue to do horrendous crimes out there, and it's sad," said Swift.

Swift says she was told Blake was trying to rob her son to buy diapers for his newborn baby.

"People that lose their children, I know how they feel. It's a feeling you can't describe," said Swift. "Losing your child you helped walk...learn how to walk...potty train."

Emergency crews were called to Blake's residence at the Highland Creek Apartments just before 6:30pm Monday night, where they were told the baby was choking.

Upon arrival, officers learned the baby had been taken to LeBonheur Children's Medical Center, where she later died.

Officers at the hospital said the baby appeared to be the victim of abuse. An investigation later revealed that Blake struck his daughter several times over a potty training issue. Investigators said the child died as a result of blunt force trauma.

According to a police affidavit, Blake admitted in a signed statement that he caused his daughter's death.

Swift says Blake was supposed to go to trial a month ago for the murder of her son, but it was postponed. She can't help but feel that if he'd gone to trial, his young daughter might still be alive.

"I don't want him to get out and hurt nobody else," Swift said. "I don't want him to hurt anybody else."

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