Kayla Cook’s trial begins in toddler’s beating death

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Defense: Father should be considered a suspect

By Kayla Vaughn

Kayla Cook’s trial in the beating death of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder started Monday, with the defense telling jurors that Cook is not the only suspect in the case.
Cook was charged with homicide by child abuse in December 2018 after Lilly’s death.
During opening statements Monday, prosecutor Melissa McGinnis called the toddler’s death a traumatic beating that left bruises all over her body. She said Cook was the only adult present.

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