LONDON, Ky. — A Kentucky sheriff says the parents of infant twins, already charged with assault and endangerment, could face even more serious charges now that one of their girls has died.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root announced that the 7-week-old girl with critical head trauma was pronounced dead Thursday evening at the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington. An autopsy was being conducted on Friday.

Doctors also examined her twin, and found that girl had suffered separate leg bone fractures. She too was hospitalized, but was expected to be released Friday to relatives, Deputy Gilbert Acciardo said.

Detectives charged 34-year-old Gary Nicely and 31-year-old Jessica Nicely on counts of assault and wanton endangerment. Online jail records don’t say whether the couple has attorneys.

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