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Murder charge recommended for man accused of killing toddler in Spokane Valley

Members of the biker groups Guardians of the Children, Bikers Against Teenage Abuse and Addiction and GTS (Gone Too Soon) gather last month around the mother of Azaelia Raine RedHorse Jones at a vigil in Spokane Valley. They gathered in memory of 19-month-old Azaelia, whose death was allegedly caused by child abuse at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend.  (Jesse Tinsley/THE SPOKESMAN-REVI)

Prosecutors are pursuing a murder charge against a man who was taking care of toddler who suffered injuries leading to her death.

Mickey E. Brown Jr., 19, was initially arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault of a child last month.

Deputies responded to a medical call on Aug. 4 of a 1-year-old, later identified as Azaelia Raine RedHorse Jones, who couldn’t breathe on her own and had severe injuries. She was taken to the hospital, according to a news release form the Spokane Valley Police Department.

Brown told investigators he had been running with the girl in his arms after she started to have a seizure, and he tripped and fell on her, according to police.

After two days in the hospital, a doctor treating her told detectives her injuries were consistent with child abuse.

Brown was arrested the next day. The toddler died that same day.

Brown pleaded not guilty to the assault charge and an outstanding third-degree theft charge in court a few days later.

Prosecutors motioned to dismiss the assault charge Wednesday in lieu of the recommended second-degree murder charge.