(CROWN POINT, IN) - The mother of a fatally beaten toddler faces neglect charges, nearly one year after the cousin she left her child with was convicted of murder.
Prosecutors charged 29-year-old Melissa Swiontek of Portage in the June 2009 death of 2-year-old Jada Justice.
20-year-old Engelica Castillo of Hobart was sentenced last September to life without parole in her death.
Court documents state Swiontek knew Castillo and Castillo's boyfriend, Tim Tkachik, dealt drugs.
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