The grand jury indicted Keinosha Taper, 21, and Gregory Ford, 28, of the 2800 block of Vista Drive of first-degree murder in the perpetration of aggravated child abuse and neglect, aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect involving serious bodily injury.
Both are in custody without bond.
They were arrested last June 24 at their residence in the Ridgecrest Apartments where investigators discovered baby Amelia Taper unconscious and unresponsive with bruising and swelling to her face.
Keinosha Taper is the child’s mother. Ford told investigators he is the child’s stepfather.
The baby girl died later at a hospital from multiple internal injuries.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Stacy McEndree of the DA’s Special Victims 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. SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.
The case is assigned to Criminal Court Div. 6 where the DA’s Community Prosecution Unit handles all felony cases out of the Frayser area’s Old Allen Police Precinct.