Mother charged with son's death

24-year-old Malissa Yates (Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)

April 4, 2011 4:34:02 PM PDT
The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office has charged a woman with the death of her child.

Authorities arrested 24-year-old Malissa Yates of Fayetteville Monday afternoon. She is being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center without bond on charges of first-degree murder and felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

Investigators say Yates assaulted her 1-year-old son in July 2010. According to a report from the state medical examiner's office, the child died of blunt force trauma to the head, chest and abdomen.

Yates will make a first court appearance on Tuesday.

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