Natalie Pickle's death was due to brain swelling and bruising that resulted from a severe beating
, an attorney representing the girl's mother said.
The 3 1/2-year-old girl suffered the injuries that led to her death. She was airlifted to a Wichita hospital for treatment and died the next day.
Natalie's mother, Amanda Perry, was at work Nov. 19 and had left her children in the care of her boyfriend at the time.
Perry received a call at work saying that something was wrong with Natalie, and she needed to go to the hospital.
The boyfriend told Perry at the hospital that he had heard a thump, went into another room and found Natalie semiconscious on the floor. The boyfriend gave police the same account of events.
The boyfriend had told authorities that he had called 911 fairly quickly to report what had happened.
But the physician who treated Natalie contradicted the boyfriend's version of events during a court hearing earlier this week. The physician testified that Natalie's injuries could not have come from an accidental fall — unless the fall was from a five-story building.
The physician testified that the injuries were the result of a severe beating.
Perry and the boyfriend are no longer together. The boyfriend has not been arrested or charged with a crime.
Dodge City Police Lt. Craig Mellecker said that police are still investigating the case but declined to comment beyond that.