Citrus mom accused of killing child pleads guilty - WRBL

Citrus mom accused of killing child pleads guilty

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Wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, 22-year-old Chelsea Huggett sat in front of Judge Richard Howard as her attorney pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on her behalf.

According to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Huggett shook her daughter Aliyah Marie Branum so violently she fractured the girl's skull and caused multiple bruises. Deputies said she did it because the little girl wouldn't stop crying and climbing on her.

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