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Associated Press, Published August 06 2013

NM woman accused of fatally beating woman

FARMINGTON, N.M. — A 31-year-old northern New Mexico woman faces charges of second-degree and other crimes in the death of a woman who died in Minnesota from injuries suffered in an April 2 beating in Farmington.

Danielle Smiley was arrested last week on a warrant in the May 10 death of 28-year-old Danielle Dixon.

Dixon died at a hospital in Rochester, Minn., after initially being hospitalized in Rapid City, S.D.

An autopsy indicated that Dixon suffered multisystem organ failure as a result of blunt force chest trauma, and police say detectives were able to determine that the injuries resulted from the April beating.

Police say Dixon declined to press charges immediately after the beating and traveled to South Dakota to stay with her mother in Rosebud.

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