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Family speaks out about toddler's death

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Rizcheir Muskelly was in the care of 32 year old Tarika Wilson, who is now at Caddo Correctional Center on second degree murder charges. Rizcheir Muskelly was in the care of 32 year old Tarika Wilson, who is now at Caddo Correctional Center on second degree murder charges.
Tarika Wilson, 32 (Source: Shreveport City Jail) Tarika Wilson, 32 (Source: Shreveport City Jail)
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The family of three year old Rizcheir Muskelly spoke exclusively with KSLA Thursday. Shakera Muskelly is Rizcheir's older sister, who actually took care of little Rizcheir until late last year. Confusion, sadness, and frustration are just a few of the emotions Shakera Muskelly showed as she asks why this happened to her baby sister, "I want to know why. What happened? Why didn't you stop? I know Rizcheir is old enough. I know she said stop."

Rizcheir Muskelly was in the care of 32 year old Tarika Wilson, who is now at Caddo Correctional Center on second degree murder charges. Wilson brought Muskelly to LSU Medical Center Monday evening. Police say the toddler was bruised and unresponsive upon arrival. Autopsy shows that Muskelly died from blunt force trauma. Investigators believe Wilson beat Muskelly with an extension chord.

Through the sorrow, Shakera Muskelly was able to crack a smile as she told us about little Rizcheir, "she always played. She always was smiling. She was like your average child. She was a good kid. She never deserved anything like this. Never."

Those emotions turned once again, when asked how her family is handling this news, "yeah, like, maybe it's still too early. I haven't seen her body yet. So I don't know."

Through the sadness Muskelly also expresses frustration, saying the Rizcheir may still be alive today had certain people done their jobs, "I begged the police department and the social service people. We made numerous complaints about her (Wilson) beating on them children way before this even happened. Now it's too late and a little girl lost her life because nobody would listen."

Muskelly says that Rizcheir should have been with family, "she should've stayed with me. I really can't fathom any of this. Not if it was my child, not if it was Rizcheir, not if it was anybody's child. No child deserves that."

A funeral for little Rizcheir is scheduled for next Thursday, June 27th, at 12pm at the Winnfield Funeral Home.

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