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Teen's Charges Upgraded Following Toddler's Death

He went in the courtroom charged with rape and came out facing a murder charge.

Prosecutors upgraded the charges against 18-Year-old Brian Crabtree after the three-year-old girl he's accused of raping died earlier this week.

Police say Crabtree raped Katelynn Stinnett and then threw the girl on the floor. She spent several days in the hospital before dying from her injuries.

Police say Crabtree admitted to the crime, but at a hearing last week, he pleaded not guilty.

Family and friends of the young victim were in court on Friday when the assault charge was upgraded to murder. Some of them couldn't even look at Crabtree.

A funeral home in Williamsburg in handling funeral arrangements for Stinnett and everything has been donated.


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