4-year-old beaten and tortured, says Child Protective Services

    Kharisma Richardson (Credit: WWMT)

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WWMT) - Gruesome details were revealed in court, regarding what happened hours before 4-year old Kharisma Richardson was found dead in her north Kalamazoo home.

    This comes as her mother sat in court battling for custody of her three other children.

    Child Protective Services gave a disturbing account of the horror that they say happened before Kharisma Richardson was found dead.

    While investigators work to find out what led to Kharisma's death, her mother Daveeta Walker was in court Wednesday for a preliminary examination to determine whether she is fit to have custody of her three other children.

    Child Protective Services revealed Wednesday that 4-year-old Kharisma was beaten with a belt, punched in the face and chest, and suffered burns so badly her feet and hands had blisters.

    Two of the fathers of Walker's children sat in court, also fighting to gain full custody of their sons after the suspicious death of their sibling.

    Kalamazoo Assistant Prosecutor Carrie Klein tells us a child abuse charge was initially submitted against Daveeta Walker in the case involving Kharisma, but was later denied pending autopsy results.

    As of right now, the court found probable cause to remove the children from her care.

    On Tuesday, Kharisma's mother, Daveeta Walker, spoke to Newschannel 3 about the ongoing investigation. You can find that story here.

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