Antonio Evans, now 15, is being held without bond at Shelby County Jail East.
Investigators said that on Dec. 23, 2015, a woman came home to her apartment in the 1400 block of Beaver Trail in Cordova and found her 6-year-old foster daughter unresponsive on the den floor.
The young girl, Destine King, was hospitalized with internal injuries including a lacerated liver, bruising to the pelvis, bite marks on her back, a shoe print on her vaginal area and bleeding on the brain. She died four days later from her injuries.
The girl’s 9-year-old brother and 7-year-old sister also suffered injuries, including severe bruising of the face and body. The brother said Evans punched, kicked, slapped and hit him with a belt, while the sister said Evans punched, kicked and bit Destine and told her not to tell anyone or he would kill her. The beatings occurred over a three-day period, according to investigators.
Evans, who gave a statement to police about his involvement, was indicted on charges including first-degree murder in the perpetration of aggravated child abuse, attempted first-degree murder, rape of a child and aggravated child abuse (child under 8).
The case originated in Juvenile Court and was transferred to adult court after full hearing before Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. David Zak, chief prosecutor in Juvenile Court, and Carrie Shelton who has been head of the DA’s Special Victim’s Unit which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.