A woman accused of killing a 15-month-old child in Phoenix will face the death penalty when her case goes to trial.
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced on Thursday that he will seek the death penalty against 34-year-old Vickie Lashane Porter.
Phoenix police said Porter had been caring for the toddler, Charlene Campopiano, since October 2007.
On December 21, 2007, she called 911 claiming Charlene was not breathing.
The child was unconscious when paramedics arrived.
She was pronounced dead at a Valley hospital where staff said it appears the child was malnourished, bruised, burned and had suffered traumatic injuries.
The Maricopa County Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide and the cause
of death as blunt-force trauma.
On January 2, a grand jury indicted Porter on First Degree Murder and Child Abuse charges.
On June 4, the County Attorney's Office filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty if Porter is found guilty of first-degree murder.
"Society must protect its youngest victims of violence," said Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. "We will honor Charlene's memory by seeking justice for her."