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Tarika Wilson pleads not guilty in first degree murder of toddler Rizcheir Muskelly

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Courtesy: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office Courtesy: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office
SHREVEPORT, La. -

Tarika Wilson, 33, pleaded "not guilty" in the first degree murder case of 3-year-old Rizcheir Muskelly.

Wilson was originally charged with second degree murder for Muskelly's June 17 death, but the grand jury upgraded the charges in September.

Caddo Parish District Attorney Charles Scott says both the victim's young age and the severity of the violence warranted the stronger charges.

Wilson was acting as a caregiver to family friend Debbie Muskelly's three youngest daughters, including Rizcheir, while Debbie served time out of state. Muskelly has since been released and regained custody of her other two daughters.

Police say Wilson beat Rizcheir with an extension cord. The toddler died from those injuries at a local hospital.

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