May 31, 2023

A 2-year-old girl died of “non-accidental trauma” — and now her grandmother is charged with first-degree murder, officials said.

Rubie Charlottelette Thomas is also being charged with child molestation after her granddaughter was found with bruises and broken bones that had “healed,” according to the Greensboro Police Department in North Carolina.

Police did not list attorney information for Thomas in an April 27 press release.

The case dates back to April 1, when officers were called to a home east of downtown Greensboro. While there, first responders reported finding a 2-year-old “suffering from apparent cardiac arrest.”

“Life-saving efforts were made at the scene, but the child was pronounced dead on arrival at the local hospital,” police wrote. “At that point, medical staff and detectives identified signs of possible child abuse.”

During an investigation, officers determined that the girl was deliberately injured on April 1 while her grandmother was caring for her.

Thomas is accused of seriously injuring the toddler during an assault. She sustained multiple injuries, including “rib fractures, more than 50 bruises” and “bleeding into the brain,” according to orders obtained by WGHP.

Thomas, 59, was arrested April 26 in Greensboro, records show.

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