Nariah Brown is a 17-month-old toddler who died after being sexually assaulted at a Virginia motel, her mother, Aija Brown, has told the media.
The Richmond Police Department said in a statement that Brown was assaulted inside of the Colony House Motor Lodge in Midlothian Turnpike on May 8. Brown succumbed to her injuries on May 10 at Virginia Commonwealth University’s medical campus, authorities have said.
Aija Brown told NBC Richmond that she left her daughter with her boyfriend. A man she had been dating for a year and who she has known since the fourth grade.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Aija Brown Says Her Last Words to Her Daughter Were, ‘Baby, I Love You’
In an interview with NBC Richmond, Aija Brown said that her last words to her child were, “Baby, I love you’…and I’m going to let you go with him… and I’ll be right back.” Aija told the station that she had left her child as she needed to give another family member a ride.
When Aija returned to the motel room, she discovered her daughter had been horrifically assaulted and was suffering injuries including punctured lungs and broken ribs. Aija Brown says, “I was in panic mode, disgusted, in total shock… that anything happened to her… I love my daughter…but I just want parents, anybody… keep your children close.” In a separate interview with WTVR, Aija said that she was giving her baby CPR as she was being rushed to a local hospital. Aija said, “I was giving my baby CPR in the back seat. Because I thought she wasn’t breathing.”
2. A So Far Unnamed Person Is in Custody in Relation to the Crime
A person-of-interest has been taken into custody in relation to Brown’s horrific death. WTVR reports that the person is being held by U.S. Marshals on a parole violation. That person’s identity has not been revealed. Anybody with any information regarding the assault is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.
3. Nariah Brown’s Funeral Will Be Held on May 19
A vigil for Nariab Brown was held at Forest Hill Park on May 14 while the toddler’s funeral will be held a Mimms Funeral Home in South Richmond on May 19. Photographs from the event published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch showed …read more