Murdered Toddler's Mother Speaks Out

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by Morgan Fogarty
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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Another day, and no arrests in the violent attack on 15-month-old Malaya Heun. Kannapolis police say they are waiting on lab and autopsy results before they put the person--or people--responsible in handcuffs.  "I want them to pay for the simple fact it's my baby and I won't ever get her back," says Christy Heun through tears.

She is the toddler's mother. This is the first on-camera interview she has granted.  She was at work the day Malaya was beaten.  The toddler was in the care of Christy's sister and the sister's fiance.  "My sister called me and told me to call 911, and I asked her what was going on, and she said the baby's unresponsive," says Heun.  She continues, "I've talked to my sister a couple times after it happened, but I haven't talked to her since, and I just don't understand it."
 
Police say there are inconsistencies in the couple's story about what happened that day.  Search warrants reveal the little girl had seven broken ribs, bruising on her head and body, a broken clavicle, and torn intestines.  Investigators say some of the abuse may have taken place over a period of time--not just one attack.
 
Heun tells WCCB she has no gut feeling on what happened to her daughter.  She is no longer working full time, and says she can't sleep or eat.  She says even when she gets answers, she will never be whole again.  Heun says, "I just don't understand. I wanna know why." 
 
WCCB has reached out to Heun's sister and her fiance for their side of the story and have not yet heard back. 
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