Mother had “memory” pictures taken with daughter one month after she allegedly killed her

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - A mother in North Carolina had a photographer take "memory" photos with her 2-year-old daughter just one month after she allegedly killed her, BuzzFeed News reports.

Police say Macy Grace Ditty, 2, was rushed to the hospital in December 2015 covered in bruises and unresponsive.

Doctors were unable to save the little girl, and she died in the hospital two days later.

Investigators believe the girl was the victim of child abuse.

In January 2016, Macy's mother, Jeanie Ditty, who is an active duty soldier at Fort Bragg, had a photographer take pictures of her at her 2-year-old daughter's grave with a ghostly image of her child behind her.

"I knew that it was a grieving mother, and I felt so bad that she lost her 2-year-old daughter that I jumped right on it," Sunny Jo, the photographer, told WNEP.

Sunny Jo told BuzzFeed News that he was so moved by Jeanie's story that he commissioned the photos at no charge.

He felt good about it, until he got a call last week from a detective investigating the case in North Carolina.

That is when he found out Jeanie Ditty and her boyfriend, Zachary Keefer, were arrested in connection to the death of 2-year-old Macy.

Last week, the couple was charged with first-degree murder and negligent child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

Sunny Jo told WNEP that he feels like he was lied to.

"Knowing that she used me and she used this to possibly make herself seem innocent. That's the worst feeling in the world," he said.

The child's biological father, who is also a soldier, was deployed overseas at the time of his daughter's death.

He has since flown home, BuzzFeed News reports.

 

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