No bond for mother accused of killing, burying 2-year-old

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A judge in Seminole County ordered Rachel Fryer to be held without bond on murder charges in the death of her child.

Fryer showed little emotion as she made she faced a judge for the second time this month.

Fryer, 32, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, 2-year-old Tariji Gordon.

Tariji's body was discovered in a shallow grave in Putnam County earlier this month.

According to police Fryer told them her daughter stopped breathing and the tried administering CPR, but did not call 911.

A Medical Examiner's report released Wednesday said Tariji died from "blunt force trauma" to the head, and that she had bite marks on her that matched Fryer's teeth.

Fryer also faces charges of aggravated child abuse, tampering with or destroying evidence and mishandling of a dead body.

On Thursday Jeff Dowdy, Fryer's public defender, talked about his client.

"Rachel is very frightened now, very, very frightened, and that's all we can say right now," Dowdy said.

The report released by police contained allegations that Tariji was abused by her mother, including statements from Fryer's boyfriend that he saw the young girl forced to stand in a corner with her hands tied above her head on the day she died.

Channel 9's Tim Barber was at the jail when Fryer faced the judge Thursday and will have the latest update on Channel 9 Eyewitness News at 5.

For immediate updates follow Tim on Twitter: @TBarberWFTV

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