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Suspect in death is returned to state

A woman charged as an accessory in the fatal beating of a toddler was back in Florida on Saturday after her transfer from Utah, sheriff's officials said.

Amandy Lawrence, 22, was being held at Polk County Jail on $100,000 bail awaiting a court appearance today.

Her boyfriend, Richard Chouquer, was picked up from Utah on Tuesday morning. Polk authorities charged Chouquer, 23, with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in the death of 2-year-old Alfredo Montes. They say Chouquer beat the boy because he soiled his pants.

Lawrence is charged with accessory to first-degree murder. Detectives picked her up at Purgatory Correctional Facility in Utah, took a flight out of Las Vegas and arrived in Tampa on Sunday morning, said Polk County sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Garrett.

Chouquer and Lawrence were babysitting Alfredo for Jeanna Swallows, who told police she left her son and 4-year-old daughter, Rheyna Montes, in their care June 28.

Swallows, 21, was being held without bail at the jail in Bartow on a probation violation. Officials said she had not contacted her probation officer since May 21.

Alfredo's body was found July 11 along Interstate 275 in Hillsborough County.

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