Columbus man charged with murdering girlfriend's baby

Columbus man charged with murder of girlfriend's baby

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus man is behind bars, charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend's one-year-old daughter.

Damian Belle, 19, is also charged with Cruelty to Children, and Battery for Attacking the child's mother.

The victim, Ki'Ja  Bassett, was airlifted to Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta on Friday, March 21, from Midtown Medical Center, after the toddler was taken in for trouble breathing.

She died Monday afternoon, March 24.

Belle is being held on a $5,000 bond for the cruelty charge, but was not given bond for the murder charge. He will be in court to face those charges on Friday, March 28 at 9 a.m.

Belle will also be in court on April 3 for the battery charge against the victim's mother.

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