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St. Pete man accused of murdering 7-week-old; abuse was to ‘toughen’ child

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The father of a 7-week-old girl told police he pinched her cheeks and squeezed her ribs to make her “tough.” Instead, the St. Petersburg infant died in September after suffering a brain hemorrhage, fractured ribs, broken clavicle and split lip, according to police documents obtained by FloridaPolitics.com. J’Lena Dillard was taken to John’s Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in the early hours of Sept. 24, where she was pronounced dead. According to the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy, J’Lena died…

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