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Grandma speaks out after arrest in toddler's death

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Sapphyre Putney Sapphyre Putney
Lisa Woods Lisa Woods
McKenzie Simpson McKenzie Simpson

PLEASUREVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Henry County, KY woman is heartbroken as she learns how her granddaughter was killed and who police say is to blame. Indiana State Police arrested the mother's boyfriend for the murder of her two-year-old girl.

"She was just an innocent baby, so sweet," said Lisa Woods, victim's grandmother. "The kind of injury that she sustained was like falling from a second story window. That is not an accident."

Two-year-old Sapphyre Putney died back in March. Recently released autopsy results show she was beaten to death. Her mother is Woods' 23-year-old daughter McKenzie Simpson, who lives in Franklin County, Indiana.

Sapphyre was born with a rare genetic disorder; her right leg was only half as long as the other.

"She knew there was a difference in her, but she was never given the opportunity," said Woods. "It was taken from her."

On June 23, Simpson's live-in boyfriend, 31-year-old Luis Gonzalez, was arrested in Ohio for the toddler's murder.

"I love my daughter with all my heart, but she believes in her heart that her boyfriend had nothing to do with this," said Woods. "She has said it from the beginning that he's innocent."

Indiana State Police say Gonzalez was home babysitting Sapphyre while Simpson was at work, when she got home she found the child unresponsive in her bed.

"The arrest has been made, but I still have a lot of unanswered questions, I want to know what happened to my grandbaby," said Woods.

For now all Woods can do is think of the happier times while never letting her granddaughter's memory fade.

"The one thing I have is the peace of knowing where she's at," said Woods. "She'll never be hurt again."

Woods' two grandchildren are also Simpson's children. Woods' and her husband James are in the final stages of legally adopting both of them. As for Gonzalez, he is in the Hamilton County Jail in Cincinnati waiting on authorities to bring him back to Indiana.

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