Multiple media outlets report the Kannapolis Police Department has charged 39-year-old Maurice Lavon Daniels with first-degree murder, child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and an order for arrest.
Kannapolis police said they received a Department of Social Services referral regarding a possible assault on a 17-day old girl, who died Monday. An autopsy is planned to determine the child's exact cause of death.
A warrant said the infant suffered abusive head trauma and a broken clavicle.
Daniels was arrested at a Charlotte motel. He is being held without bond in the Cabarrus County jail. It's not known if he has an attorney.
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