A Lakeland couple has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a 6-year-old girl who detectives say had severe skull damage, adult bite marks and bruises on her body.
Lakeland Police Department officers responded to a report about an unresponsive child at a home on Gilmore Avenue on June 12.
The child, a 6-year-old girl, was found in the living room of the apartment, lying on her back with no detectable pulse and did not appear to be breathing.
The officer immediately began CPR and continued with life-saving efforts until Lakeland and Polk County Fire Rescue crews arrived on scene and took over emergency care.
The child, Honesty Curry, was transported to Lakeland Regional Health. Due to the severity of her injuries, she was later airlifted to Tampa General Hospital.
Hospital staff determined that Curry had severe skull damage, markings resembling adult bite marks on her thigh, lacerations on her throat and bruising all over her body. She was not expected to survive her injuries.
The two adults in the apartment were identified as Larry Lewis Golden Jr., 26, who is the girl’s biological father and his girlfriend Breonna B. Wren, 21.
Three other children, ages 1, 3 and 4, were also in the apartment.
Detectives say they interviewed, Golden Jr. and Wren, the couple initially said Curry’s injuries were the result of a simple fall that neither adult saw.
Wren later referred to two falls involving the little girl. The first fall was said to have taken place in a hallway. Wren believed the child hit her head on a protruding closet door. Wren allegedly said the second fall took place about an hour later, when Curry fell and hit her forehead against the wall after being made to stand in the corner for punishment.
Later that evening, Golden stated he went into the bedroom to wake Curry, but she was unresponsive, and he called for emergency medical assistance.
Detectives were called to the scene to investigate the incident, and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) was notified.
When confronted with injuries discovered by medical professionals, detectives say Wren admitted to striking the girl twice on the buttocks with a leather belt while she was standing in the corner for punishment.
She also believed that Golden Jr. struck the child with an unknown object while in the kitchen. The force of the strike sent the child to the floor.
Larry Lewis Golden Jr. and Breonna B. Wren were taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Child Abuse.
DCF took the two youngest children into their custody, and the other child was picked up by her mother.
Honesty Curry was later pronounced deceased at 11:47 a.m. on June 14.
Charges of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child were filed against Golden Jr. and Wren. Both remain in the Polk County Jail.
This investigation is ongoing, and detectives are continuing to working with the State Attorney’s Office.