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2-year-old Grand Island girl dies following alleged assault

A 2-year-old Grand Island girl, injured following an alleged Sept. 10 incident that resulted in charges against a female acquaintance of her father, died Saturday afternoon in Oishei Children's Hospital, a spokesman for the Erie County Sheriff's Office said.

The girl, whose name was not released, lost consciousness and was breathing with difficulty in her home. Erie County Child Protective Services called detectives at about 10:30 p.m. Sept. 10. The next day, detectives arrested Brianna Valenti, 26, the Sheriff's Office said.

She was charged with two felonies, reckless assault of a child and assault through conduct causing risk of death, and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Valenti is being held in the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $150,000 bail.

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