Durham mom charged with murdering her 2-week-old child

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A Durham judge on Friday refused to allow bond for a 30-year-old Durham woman charged in the death of her own infant.

Daughter of Twila Beunier. (Gail Chappell)
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Twila Mae Beunier was arrested Thursday and charged with murder and felony child abuse.

The charges stem from the June death of her 2-week-old baby, Durham Police said.

Around 6 a.m. June 6, Durham police responded to a cardiac arrest call at 917 Rome Ave. In a search warrant from that day, the officers indicated they had reason to believe the  death was a murder.

Responding officers found the child, Briseida Abarada, inside the home. The baby was pronounced dead at the scene.

Abarada’s death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy revealed the baby sustained head injuries.

A friend who came to support her at the hearing, Gail Chappell, said, “Twila is not a murderer. She is a wonderful woman. She loves her kids, she took real good care of the baby and she took real good care of her son.”

Chappell said the 4-year-old son got into the baby’s crib, lifted her up and dropped her on her head. Chappell said Beunier attempted CPR while her husband called 911.

Beunier’s attorney told the court Friday that Beunier had another child and husband in Durham and extended family, including a sister in Elizabeth City.

“I am quite certain she will be in court,” the attorney said.

But the state argued for no bond, based on the gravity of the charges.

“The state asks for no bond,” the prosecuting attorney said.

The judge immediately agreed, saying, “I do not believe bond is appropriate at this time.

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