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EL CAJON, Calif. - A 26-year-old man accused in the death of his girlfriend's toddler daughter at their Alpine home was charged Tuesday with murder and child abuse causing death.

Bail was set at $2 million for Wiliey Foster, who is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning. The child's 21-year-old mother is also due in court that morning.

Foster was arrested Friday in connection with the death 18-month-old Leah Brown-Meza. The girl's mother, Lillie Golden Brown, was taken into custody three days later on suspicion of three counts of willful cruelty to a child with great bodily injury and/or death, according to the sheriff's department and jail records.

Sheriff's deputies and paramedics responding to a report that a child had stopped breathing in a motor home parked on a residential property in the 300 block of Hunter Lane found the girl's body shortly after noon last Tuesday.

Homicide and child-abuse detectives were then called in to investigate the child's death "based on the circumstances and the presence of additional injuries to the victim," sheriff's Lt. Kenneth Nelson said.

The county Medical Examiner's Office determined that the tot died from blunt force trauma. Other autopsy results remain sealed, Nelson said.