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6-month-old is likely dead, mother and 1 more charged with murder, Greensboro police say

6-month-old is likely dead, mother and 1 more charged with murder, Greensboro police say

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Deneshia Lerhae Murray, 22, (left) and Jalen Maurice Wall, 23, are charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of Murray's 6-month-old daughter.

GREENSBORO — Charges have been upgraded to first-degree murder against two people arrested after the disappearance of a child believed to be dead, Greensboro police said in a news release. 

Both 22-year-old Deneshia Lerhae Murray and 23-year-old Jalen Maurice Wall were initially charged with concealing/failing to report the death of Murray's daughter, 6-month-old Nevaeh Smith.

On Thursday, those charges were upgraded to first-degree murder and felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

In March, authorities began investigating a report that Murray's daughter was last seen in the middle of December. Information received during the investigation led detectives to believe the child is dead, police said.       

Police spokesman Ron Glenn said the child's body has not been found.

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