March 3, 2021

8-month-old dies from assault; Alabama man now faces capital murder charges

An 8-month-old child injured in an assault last week in Decatur has died from her injuries Monday morning.

Charges have been upgraded to capital murder against Cameron Almen Elliott, 22, of Decatur.

Elliot’s charges now include capital murder, sexual torture, unlawful possession of marijuana (first degree)  and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Elliott is held without bond at the Morgan County Correctional Facility.

The 8-month-old child was taken on Feb. 9 in critical condition to a Birmingham hospital after Decatur police officers responded to a call about a child in medical distress.

Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn said the girl’s body is being transported to the state Department of Forensic Sciences office in Huntsville for an autopsy.

The murder of a victim less than 14 years old is capital murder under Alabama law. The penalty for capital murder is death or life without parole.