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Boyfriend of mom accused of murdering toddler

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MARSHALLTOWN (KWWL) -

The live-in boyfriend of a Marshalltown mother is accused of murdering a three-year-old girl.

Marshalltown police arrested Branden Collins at 3:30 p.m. Friday in connection with the death of three-year-old Jossilyn Starns. Collins is charged with child endangerment, murder in the first degree and a possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police say Collins was watching Jossilyn and two other children when Jossilyn's head was injured Wednesday afternoon. Jossilyn was unresponsive when paramedics responded. She was taken to Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center by ambulance and then flown to Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines, where she was pronounced dead. The Polk County Medical Examiners Office determined she died from her head injury.

Collins will make his initial appearance in court on Saturday for two of the charges. He is currently in the Marshall County Jail on $50,000.00 cash bond.

 

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