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Officials: Baby had broken bones at time of death

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Police say a 9-month-old baby in Union City had two broken legs, a broken arm and hadn't eaten for days at the time of her death.

Masiah Copeland died on Monday. The girl's mother, her live-in boyfriend and his mother are facing charges in the girl's death.

Cella Copeland, Otis Bennett are charged with murder and child cruelty in connection with the death. Bennett also faces an aggravated assault charge. They waived their court appearance on Thursday.

A judge set bond at $40,000 for Hetty Bennett, Otis' mother. She is charged with cruelty to children.

Investigators say officers were called to a home on Goodson Street on Monday after it was reported a girl was found unresponsive in her crib. Police say the home was in deplorable condition. It had no gas, no electricity and was filled bugs, trash and rotten food.

Paramedics performed CPR on the child while being transported to South Fulton Medical Center. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The girl's stepfather, Otis Bennett, told police that he found the child, who has asthma, not breathing. He said he ran to the front porch to tell the girl's mother, Cella Copeland and Hetty Bennett. Otis Bennett told police that he attempted CPR. However, after investigating the incident, the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office said that the child died of blunt force injuries to her head and extremities.

The infant's mother, Cella Copeland, is accused of murder and child cruelty, Otis Bennett faces the same charges as well as aggravated assault, and his mother, Hetty Bennett, stands accused of child cruelty.

"And making sure the people who did it to her suffer like she suffered. It's the only way you going to get piece of mind," said Masiah's father, Robert Williams, after he heard the news from the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office.

"They tortured my baby. There is no other way to say it. My baby died painful. Something that beautiful don't deserve to be treated like that," said Williams.

Cella Copeland's grandmother, Pearl Copeland said she believed everybody in the house should be charged.

A candlelight vigil for Masiah Copeland was held Wednesday night.

All three suspects remain in the Fulton County Jail.

Cella Copeland's family believes that the young mother is protecting her live-in boyfriend and not telling police what really happened to the child.

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