A Reno, Nevada, mother’s live-in boyfriend is facing murder charges after 2-year-old Nalaya Jordan died after being severely abused, according to police.
Authorities say little Nalaya lived her short life in a home where her caretakers blew marijuana smoke in her face to make her sleep and beat her and shook her when she ‘whined.’
She died last week after Trevor Reid Swanson, 27, pummeled her with a belt and shook her Nov. 21 when she started to cry, police allege. Swanson and Nalaya’s mother Tkeyah Jordan, 21, are both charged in her death.
A day later, the couple called police when Nalaya stopped breathing.
She was admitted to the hospital with numerous horrifying injuries including bleeding on the brain, kidney hemorrhaging, bruises, a burn on her face, a ruptured liver and spleen, and healing fractures to her bones, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.
When cops pulled the couple in for questioning, Jordan admitted to being a habitual drug user with her boyfriend — they smoked marijuana every day and dosed on methamphetamine several times a week, police said.
Jordan was asleep, recovering from a meth binge, during the beating that took Nalaya’s life. When Nalaya started to cry, Swanson said he got ‘annoyed’ and shook and beat the baby.
Jordan said she let her boyfriend discipline the 2-year-old because he was the man of the house, but she didn’t approve of his heavy hand.
One time, she told police, Swanson jerked Nalaya so hard by the arm that it yanked her shoulder out of its socket.
Instead of taking her to the hospital, the couple moved the her arm around to pop it back into place to hide the abuse, authorities said.
When Nalaya was hospitalized, she was near death and surviving on life support after she went into cardiac arrest.
Investigators suspect she had been abused for the past several months of her life.
She died last Monday.
Jordan was charged with child abuse causing substantial injuries, child neglect and domestic battery causing substantial injuries.