Stepmother arrested for murder after 8-year-old Gwinnett girl beaten to death

34-year-old woman faces murder charges after the death of his eight-year-old stepdaughter in Gwinnett County.

An arrest warrant accuses the woman of beating the child with a rolling pin.

New video of the woman as she appeared before a judge, LIVE on Channel 2 Action News at noon.

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On Tuesday around 2:16 p.m., Gwinnett officers were called to Vine Springs Trace in Bethlehem regarding a medical call for a child. When officers arrived, first responders determined that an eight-year-old girl was dead at the scene.

The police said Matt Johnson, Channel 2 Gwinnett County bureau chief that the child was at home with an adult woman when she had a medical emergency.

The woman called the girl’s father who came home to find her unconscious and began performing CPR.

Wednesday morning, police announced the arrest of Natiela Barros, 34, of Bethlehem.

Authorities said Barros was the child’s stepmother and was married to the child’s biological father. She faces charges of first-degree child cruelty, aggravated assault, felony murder and malicious murder.


Johnson obtained a copy of the arrest warrant for Barros.

He accuses the stepmother of beating the child with a wooden rolling pin “10 to 20 times” and “refusing to give him medical treatment afterward.”

Barros appeared before a judge Wednesday morning, where she was denied bail on the grounds that she posed a danger to a person or community.

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