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A grand jury indicted appellant Travis Williams stemming from the death of his seven-month-old daughter Syikiria. He was ultimately convicted of felony murder. A medical examiner testified the child died from "battered child syndrome," from "inflicted violent acceleration-deceleration" and an impact that caused three fractures to the child's skull. On appeal of his conviction, Williams argued the felony murder charge predicated on aggravated assault cannot stand because the prosecution failed to show he used his hands offensively and intentionally to kill his daughter; and instead appellant argues his only intent was to dislodge mucous from the victim. In addition, Williams argued the trial court erred in instructed the jury on the elements of criminal negligence as it related to felony murder and aggravated assault. Finding no reversible error, the Supreme Court affirmed Williams' conviction.