WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A suburban New York woman has pleaded not guilty in the death of her 14½ month old daughter.

Acting Westchester County District Attorney James A. McCarty says 26-year-old Deasia Bartee (dee-AY’-zhuh bahr-TEE’) was arraigned Thursday in White Plains on a murder and manslaughter indictment.

The child, Samia (sam-EE’-uh) Yusuf, was found lifeless in a playpen on Aug. 5 in Mount Vernon. An emergency room doctor told police she may have been dead for some time. He also said her body may have been refrigerated.

An autopsy found Samia died from blunt force. The DA said she’d suffered a severe back injury, internal bleeding and malnourishment.

Bartee’s attorney did not immediately respond to a comment request Friday.

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