Step-Mother Charged, Accused of Assaulting 4-Year-Old Girl

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- A Washington County Grand Jury returns an indictment against a step-mother accused of assaulting a child.

Authorities say Marissa Rice of Fort Edward was caring for her step-daughter, 4-year-old Kaiden Rice, last September when she allegedly threw Kaiden, causing her head to hit the floor. 

Kaiden suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury.

She spent several weeks in the hospital in intensive care. 

Rice faces several charges inculding assault, reckless assault of a child and endangering the welfare of a child. 

The Schenectady County District Attorney said the office is prosecuting the case because the Washington County District Attorney's Office had a conflict of interest. 

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