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Monday, January 17, 2005

Man kills Daughter for having sex

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A Birmingham police detective told a judge that a mother forced her 12-year-old daughter to drink bleach for having sex and sat on her until the child died.

The officer also testified that the girl's 9-year-old brother was forced to watch the attack.

Detective Warren Cotton's testimony came Thursday in a preliminary hearing for 31-year-old Tunisia Archie. She's charged with capital murder in the Nov. 26 asphyxiation death of Jasmine Archie.

If convicted, she could be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.

District Judge Sheldon Watkins sent the case to a grand jury for review.

Cotton said Archie, held in jail without bond, was disturbed because her daughter told her that she was no longer a virgin. Defense lawyer David Luker said a mental evaluation of Archie has not been completed.