LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A Moulton woman previously arrested in the investigation of her child's death now faces greater charges.
Chelsea Fike has been charged with the murder of her 2-year-old son. She also faces a new charge involving alleged abuse of her daughter.
Fike was previously arrested for allegedly hindering the investigation into her former boyfriend for the boy's death.
She faces five new charges, including two murder counts. Fike can be convicted on three counts at most because a jury would have to choose one of the two murder counts and one of the two aggravated child abuse counts related to her son. A third aggravated child abuse is connected to her daughter.
Her former boyfriend, Evan Berryman, was charged with capital murder.
A charge for hindering the prosecution's case against Berryman was made against Fike long before a Lawrence County grand jury indicted her last week for reckless murder, felony murder and three counts for alleged aggravated assault against her two children.
The official cause of 2-year-old Ian Calhoun's death is blunt force trauma to the head, torso, and his lower and upper extremities.
The State Bureau of Investigation charged Berryman with capital murder this March, 19 months after the boy died.
Fike can be convicted for either reckless murder, which indicates extreme indifference to human life, or felony murder, which means a felony act caused a death regardless of intent. Lawrence County District Attorney Errek Jett said the felony is the alleged abuse.
Fike turned herself in at the Lawrence County Jail on Wednesday. She was soon released on bond. A condition of that bond is that she cannot visit her daughter.
Fike's attorney is asking the judge to change that. The judge has not yet ruled on the motion.
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