DAYTON, Ohio -- The Montgomery County Grand Jury has indicted 22-year-old Kimberly Cook for the murder of her 3-year-old sister and the abuse of her 6-year-old brother.
The charges include murder, endangering children resulting in serious physical harm, felonious assault resulting in serious physical harm, and endangering children resulting in torture and abuse.
Cook is charged with the July 20th death of Hope Cook, her half-sister, by physically abusing her in their mobile home in Trotwood. Heck said Cook had been granted custody of Hope, and her 6-year-old brother in September of 2007.
The 3-year-old died at Children's Medical Center from skull fractures caused by blunt force trauma to her head. In addition, Cook is also accused of physically abusing her brother.
Prosecuting Attorney Mat Heck, Jr. said, "The death of any child is tragic, but it is made even more so when the death is at the hands of a family member. In this case, the defendant was granted custody of the victims in order to protect them and keep them safe. She now faces the possibility of incarceration for the rest of her life for killing this little girl and cruelly abusing her brother."
Cook is being held in the Montgomery County Jail.