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Judge Approves Second-Degree Murder Trial for N.H. Father

Prosecutors alleged that 22-year-old Jocarl Bureau had physically abused his daughter, Jayleah, for months before she died

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A New Hampshire judge has ruled that there's enough evidence to move forward with a second-degree murder case against a father accused of killing his 3-year-old daughter in Concord last year.

Prosecutors on Tuesday alleged that 22-year-old Jocarl Bureau had physically abused his daughter, Jayleah, for months before she died in March 2016.

Police had found the girl unresponsive and she later died at a hospital. An autopsy revealed she suffered blunt force trauma to the abdomen and her death was ruled a homicide.

Prosecutors allege the girl had told family members her father gave her bruises when asked about them.

Bureau's defense argued there isn't enough evidence to demonstrate that he was responsible for his daughter's death.

Bureau's case has been moved to Merrimack County Superior Court.

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