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Man accused of killing girlfriend’s disabled daughter

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) — A central Wisconsin man has been arrested in the death of his girlfriend’s disabled adult daughter.

Samantha Roberts, 20, died Friday at her home in Nekoosa. Roberts had cerebral palsy, couldn’t speak and used a wheelchair, according to court documents.

An autopsy showed Roberts died from significant head trauma.

Roberts’ mother told police she checked on her daughter in a first-floor bedroom then went upstairs and took a bath. When she returned downstairs she found her daughter was “suffering from a medical emergency,” the documents said. Roberts died a short time later.

Officials said the mother’s boyfriend, who lived in the home, told police he hit Roberts several days before her death, but didn’t cause the injuries that killed her.

He is being held on $1 million bond. Formal charges are pending.

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