Age: 4 yrs.
Born: April 14, 2004
Died: Sept 26, 2008
Suspect in death: Tristan Price, stepfather
Tamyrii's older sister later told investigators that Price was so violent, she kept a knife to protect herself.
Tamyrii did not survive the abuse. She died Sept. 26, 2008, at the age of 4 after her liver was almost torn in two. An autopsy found she also had eight broken ribs, three of which had been broken weeks earlier before the fatal blow.
Earlier in the year, the El Paso County Department of Human Services received a report that Tamyrii had bite marks around her nipples. The agency helped move the children and mother into an apartment after the agency determined Tamyrii had been the victim of a possible sexual assault. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office also began to investigate those allegations.
The child fatality review would later find a lack of coordination and communication among the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, the Colorado Springs Police Department, the El Paso County Department of Human Services and a shelter providing housing for abused children and non-offending caregivers.
Records show that in April 2008, Tanesa Randall filed a domestic assault charge with the Colorado Springs Police Department against Price. That domestic assault also prompted her eviction from her apartment and her entry into the shelter. The sheriff's office, which was investigating the bite marks on Tamyrii, was not informed of the domestic assault. Neither was the human services agency.
Randall moved herself and the children back in with Price, to a home that was no stranger to violence. Testimony established that Michael Price Sr. , allegedly shot and wounded his son, Tristan Price, in that home about eight months before Tamyrii was killed.
Tamyrii's death was a blow to the child's father, Dante Harrell, who wanted custody, said the grandmother, Ellayn Harrell of Temecula, Calif.
"We were trying to get custody of that little baby," she said. "We would have taken care of that child."
Tristan Price pleaded guilty to child abuse death of Tamyrii and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
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