De’Asia Bartee
Westchester County, N.Y., District Attorney’s Office

A New York mother is facing charges of manslaughter after her 15-month-old succumbed to significant injuries, the Washington Post reports.

According to the Post, officials also believe that the child may have been put in a freezer, because her body was "extremely cold."

The incident unfolded around 5:30 a.m. Friday, when officers responded to a 911 call. The Post notes that the child, Samia Yusef, may have been dead for several hours when police discovered her. She was pronounced dead half an hour later.

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“It was a gruesome discovery that shocked even our most senior officers on the job,” Mount Vernon, N.Y., Police Commissioner Ronald Fatigate said in a statement about the incident.

Samia's mother, 26-year-old De'Asia Bartee, is accused of hitting the toddler in the back "six to seven times" with a closed fist to stop the child from crying. Samia sustained injuries to her face and suffered a lumbar fracture and internal bleeding in the incident, which occurred just after 10 p.m. Thursday.

“This child clearly died a painful, horrible death,” Westchester County, N.Y., Assistant District Attorney Karen Herbert said during Bartee’s arraignment Monday, according to the Journal News.

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According to the Journal News, prosecutors recommended that Bartee, who is facing a first-degree manslaughter charge, be held without bail or on at least a $1 million bail, but Judge William Edwards set bail at $50,000.

Read more at the Washington Post and the Journal News