Rockford Couple Arrested in Connection to Toddlers Death

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Two people are facing serious charges tonight in connection with the death of a two year old Rockford girl.

Tahlia Vuttera died in December of 2013. The child’s mother ,Jessica Stuckey, and her boyfriend at the time, Larry Bentley, are now charged with Aggravated Battery to a Child and Aggravated Domestic Abuse.

Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia tells Eyewitness News that Tahlia’s death was definitely a case of child abuse, but her exact cause of death is undetermined, which prevents any murder charges from being filed.

Fiduccia says it’s taken so long for the arrests because investigators were awaiting test results.

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