Buffalo man now charged with murder in death of 17-month-old girl


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Buffalo man has been charged with murder in the death of a 17-month-old girl.

Prosecutors say Robert Dumas, 35, caused fatal injuries to his girlfriend’s daughter by repeatedly assaulting her at a home on Hirschbeck Ave. this past Tuesday.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says she had been beaten over the course of six weeks.

The girl, who was identified as Simone Calhoun, was unresponsive when she was taken to Oishei Children’s Hospital. She died on Saturday.

Originally, Dumas was charged with assaulting Calhoun, but after her death, he was charged with second-degree murder.

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