• New documents shed light on 15-month-old child's death


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Almost three weeks after she died, little Malaya Heun’s Facebook page is full of posts from people who want to know what happened to her and why police haven’t charged anyone in her death.

    Malaya was only 15 months old when she died on Jan. 22 from what Kannapolis police are calling a severe case of child abuse.

    Two search warrants may answer some of the questions related to the case.

    The warrants stated Malaya’s mother had left her with her sister, who was going to babysit while Malaya’s mother went to work.  The warrants say that Malaya’s mother got a call later that night saying that something was wrong with the little girl and she needed to come home.
    Within hours, the warrants stated, Malaya was at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where doctors found seven broken ribs, bruising on her head and body, a displaced clavicle and torn intestines—all consistent police say with physical and sexual abuse.
    The warrants also say that Malaya had a blood alcohol level of .02 when she got to the Carolinas Medical Center, and that Malaya got a severe infection from her intestinal injuries that sent her into septic shock.
    Two days later, after a brief time on life support, she died.
    The warrants do not name a suspect in the case and police have not said who they are keying on, but they say they are still working the case very actively and expect to file charges at some point.

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