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Mother Accused Of Killing Her Toddler Arrested

Angela Monique Hanna Accused Of Killing Her 3-Year-Old Daughter, Trinity

The mother of Trinity Hanna, the toddler girl who was killed, has been arrested.


Angela Monique Hanna, 30, was arrested Tuesday morning on charges of second-degree murder, assault on a child causing great bodily injury and death, and willful cruelty to a child.


Trinity was declared dead at San Joaquin Community Hospital on Jan. 24 and an autopsy showed her death was a homicide.



The coroner ruled that the cause of death was blunt-force trauma to the head and abdomen, clearing the way for the suspect, 26-year-old Eric Foster, to be charged with murder.


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Deputies said Trinity had suspicious injuries when she showed up at the emergency room. She was declared dead by emergency room doctors.


Deputies said during their investigation they questioned Foster, Trinity's mother's live-in boyfriend.


"Detectives were able to develop probable cause that led them to believe that Eric Foster was responsible for injuries that had been sustained by the little girl," Kern County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ray Pruitt said.


Court records showed Foster has a lengthy criminal record, including charges for drugs, domestic violence and drunken driving.


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When Trinity was taken to San Joaquin Community Hospital for her burns in early January, Foster said he thought of his previous case and asked Trinity's mom, Angela Hanna, not to mention his name to CPS investigators.


Court documents indicate Angela Hanna did not tell Kern County CPS investigators about the other case, but it’s not clear whether CPS investigators made the connection on their own.


CPS said it is standard for them to investigate all adults in the home after an allegation of abuse, but Foster’s previous allegation may not have appeared when they checked his background if the allegation was not found to be conclusive.


When Trinity returned from the hospital after the burn injuries, there were two more incidents, officials said.


Foster told deputies he slammed Trinity down on her bike, injuring her vagina, and he said, he dropped the girl onto an oak coffee table, causing head injuries.


Originally Pruitt said that Angela was not considered as suspect in the case.


“In general terms, if a parent or guardian knowingly places a child in a dangerous situation, there is a possibility that the parent or guardian could be charged with child endangerment, at some point," Pruitt said.


Angela Hanna's next hearing is set for Thursday.

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