Update: Murder, attempted sexual assault on Grand Junction girl

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — New information has been released in the murder and attempted sexual assault of a 9-year-old Grand Junction girl.

The arrest affidavit for Jeffrey Beagley, charged with the child’s murder, reveals a history of child pornography use.

The Grand Junction resident apparently had hidden cameras in his home’s bathroom, where the victim was recorded without her knowledge, and a computer and jumpdrive in an outdoor shed filled with sexually explicit images of children.

In addition, when police returned to the home where the child was found, they discovered an empty chloroform bottle that had been delivered to the address the day before.

This has led detectives to believe that the child, who’s cause of death has been ruled a poisoning, was killed using the chloroform in an attempted sexual assault.

On November 9th, emergency personnel were dispatched to a home in the 1000 block of Hill Avenue on a report of an unresponsive child.

The child was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives noted that the home showed signs of possible child abuse, including children’s drawings covering the walls, and old food being left on the stove.

Following a month-long investigation, Jeffrey Beagley of Grand Junction was arrested for murder in the 1st degree, child abuse resulting in death, and reckless manslaughter.

Beagley also faces charges of attempted sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, along with other felony sex crimes.

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