Zion Harris was taken to the hospital Wednesday with bruising to the face and body, and severe brain trauma. She was pronounced dead at 2:06 a.m., according to the sheriff's office.
The father, Jacques Butler, 20, of the 1100 block of Nellieville Drive, was charged Thursday with first- degree cruelty to children.
A charge of murder was added Friday, Dresser said. Zion's death is Richmond County's third homicide of the year.