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Mother facing homicide charges after admitting to shaking 15-month-old daughter

Felisha Ellis, 26, admitted to police that she was frustrated and upset, leading her to shake the baby repeatedly.
Credit: Adams County Prison
Felisha Ellis

ADAMS COUNTY, Pa. — A Tyrone Township woman is facing homicide charges after admitting to shaking her 15-month-old, causing fatal injuries.

Felisha Ellis, 26, of the 1900 block of Upper Bermudian Road in Tyrone Township, is facing criminal homicide charges for her role in the incident.

On May 29 around 8:50 a.m., Ellis called 911 saying that she had dropped her 15-month-old daughter and the child was not breathing, according to the criminal complaint.

Police and EMS responded to the scene, and the child was flown to Hershey Medical Center.

According to the criminal complaint, Ellis was visibly distraught when police went to interview her. She told them she dropped the child after tripping on something while carrying her. 

Doctors told police that the child had suffered numerous and very serious injuries that were not consistent with a fall. The child's diagnosis was listed as definitive abuse. 

When police spoke with Ellis again, she explained that she was frustrated  and had shaken the baby repeatedly. She said the baby just slid out of her hands and she just "let her go".

According to the complaint, she was not under the influence at the time, but admitted to using marijuana, alcohol, Percocet and suboxone the night before. 

Ellis just got the custody of her children back in February and completed the Nurturing Parenting Program, part of which explained the dangers of shaking children. 

The 15-month-old-child passed away from her injuries on May 31.

Felisha Ellis was charged with homicide in the death of her daughter. 

He charges were held over for court and her formal arraignment is scheduled for July 6.