Ohio woman 2nd person charged in daughter’s rape, slaying

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Authorities say an Ohio woman has become the second person charged in the rape and beating death of her 13-month-old daughter last year.

The Ashtabula Star Beacon reports the indictment Wednesday of 23-year-old Kelsie Blankenship, of Conneaut, on a murder charge in Sereniti Jazzlynn-Sky Sutley’s death follows the indictment last November of her live-in boyfriend, 38-year-old Joshua Gurto, on aggravated murder and rape charges. Gurto was not the child’s father.

A coroner ruled the toddler died in October 2017 from blunt-force trauma to the head and body.

Blankenship is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday. Court records don’t indicate whether she has an attorney.

Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci said at a Friday news conference that Blankenship has been a person of interest since her daughter died and has cooperated with investigators.

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