Alleged Beaten Baby Dies

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 13, 2005 at 10:13 AM EST

The two-year-old girl that was allegedly beaten by mother's boyfriend has died. Taylor Stalker passed away earlier today at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

The alleged beating happened last Saturday.Tioga County Sherrif's Deputies say 21 year old Joshua Clapper of Owego was babysitting his girlfriend's children in an apartment at 9 Lake Street.The children's mother, Betty Kunze, was working at the time at the Quality Inn in Apalachin. She told investigators Clapper called her twice about her 2 year old daughter Taylor.Once to say the child had a fever.
And again, to tell her Taylor was unresponsive.Clapper took the child to Kunze and she dialed 9-1-1. Taylor was rushed to Wilson hospital with severe head trauma, and then transferred to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

Clapper is now charged with 2nd degree murder and is being held at the Tioga County Jail without bail.Investigators had previously charged him with 1st degree assault.

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