The legal guardian of a 22-year-old disabled Kearns woman who was found dead March 25 has been charged with first-degree felony murder.
The charges filed Friday in 3rd District Court against 27-year-old Cassandra Marie Shepard also include one count of aggravated abuse of a disabled or elder adult, a first-degree felony, and one count of obstructing justice, a second-degree felony.
Friends and family of Christina Harms said she suffered from the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome
The state Office of the Medical Examiner determined Harms’ cause of death was homicide by positional asphyxiation.
Other details from the medical examiner’s report state Harms’ body and head had bruising that was consistent with chronic physical abuse. Her hands and wrists, which were covered with bandages, were severely damaged with the skin falling off, charging documents say. The report stated Harms was fitted with a makeshift diaper.
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Caretaker of Abused Kearns Woman Charged With Murder