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Jury selected, testimony begins in trial for mother charged in 11-month-old's death

Ashley Heard (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Ashley Heard (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Aaliyah Heard (Source: Family) Aaliyah Heard (Source: Family)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A jury has been selected and testimony has begun in a trial for a mother charged with second degree murder and cruelty charges in connection with the 2013 death of her 11-month-old daughter Aaliyah.

Lawyers spent most of Monday afternoon trying to find a jury that will decide if a mother paid a big enough part in her own daughter's death to warrant a murder charge. At the end of the day, only about half of the jurors were selected.

The rest of the jurors were selected Tuesday and testimony has started.

The baby's father, Larry LeFlore, 27, was also arrested and faces a charge of first-degree murder.

Investigators say the father beat the child after she wouldn't eat. Police records show that a 6-year-old sibling told investigators that LeFlore beat the child and then put her to bed.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported the child was found with cigarette burns, bruises and cuts on her body. Investigators said she was unresponsive when she arrived at the hospital.

Authorities said the cause of death was a severe blow to the head.

Heard's trial is expected last most of the week.

The father's trial has not been scheduled.

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