Autopsy: Infant beaten to death

Joshua Stepp is charged with rape and murder in the death of his 10-month-old stepdaughter Cheyenne Emery Yarley

January 27, 2010 7:42:03 AM PST
The North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has released the results of its autopsy of a 10-month-old girl who died in Wake County in November.

The report says Cheyenne Emery Yarley died from abusive head trauma. The infant was also sexually assaulted.

The girl's stepfather - 26-year-old Joshua Stepp - is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree sexual assault in her death.

He called 911from an apartment off Jones Franklin Road November 15 and told the operator the girl had swallowed toilet paper and wasn't breathing.

"I'm trying to, like, resuscitate her, and, uh, her heart is beating but she's not breathing," he said.

Paramedics tried to help the infant, but she was pronounced dead at WakeMed.

Stepp has been in jail without bond since his arrest.

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