Mom, friend charged in beating death of 5-year-old girl

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Tequila Crump and Ursula Owens

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Two women were both issued $1 million bonds after being charged in connection with the death of a 5-year-old Cleveland girl.

The girl's mother, Tequila Crump, 26, and Crump's friend, Ursula Owens, 37, face felonious assault charges in the case and appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court Wednesday morning.

The case will now go to a grand jury, and more charges are likely.

According to police reports, a 911 call was made around 11 p.m. Friday. The caller reported a child had a seizure that morning and was having a hard time breathing.

When emergency crews arrived, they found the little girl,Ta'Naejah McCloud, in full arrest with marks and bruises on her body. Some of the marks were old and had already begun to heal.

The prosecutor Wednesday asked the judge to hold Crump and Owens on at least $1 million bond each.

"Miss Crump's 5-year-old daughter died ... of brain injuries," he said. "The child had been declared brain-dead...bleeding on the brain and suffering seizures."

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with burial expenses and other costs.

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