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9-month-old baby dies after being abused by mother’s boyfriend

A 9-month-old Wichita girl who was seriously injured earlier this week has died.

Police say Maela Flores died Wednesday after being in critical condition since Friday.  Her mother’s boyfriend, 25-year-old Brietan Ron Rader, was charged Tuesday with two counts of child abuse and two drug charges after the girl was injured.  Wichita office Charley Davidson said he expects Rader will be charged with first-degree murder in Maela’s death.

Police said earlier that Rader was arrested after officers found the girl critically injured in an apartment that had a marijuana-growing operation.  Investigators determined the girl’s injuries happened while Rader was caring for her.

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