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A Colorado man accused of killing a 9-year-old girl with chloroform in an attempt to sexually assault her last month, died Monday after being found unresponsive in his jail cell.
The cause of death, Jeffrey Beagley, 34, was not immediately known. The authorities were awaiting the results of toxicology tests and said that their investigation continues.
Beagley had been facing the charges of first-degree murder, reckless homicide, attempted sex assault, and child abuse resulting in death.
He had a bottle of chloroform, were delivered to him the day before he called 911 to report the girl’s death, investigators said. The little girl had died from chloroform poisoning, according to the results of the research.
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Beagley’s relationship with the girl has not been released by investigators.
In a small shed on the property where the child was found, investigators discovered a footprint made in a privacy tent, with pillows and blankets, a computer, a sex toys and a bottle of chloroform, according to KKTV-TV of Colorado Springs.
Jeffrey Beagley, 34, was already facing the charges of first-degree murder, reckless homicide, attempted sex assault, and child abuse resulting in death, authorities say.
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He was arrested on Dec. 14 and jailed without bond.
Beagley was also faced with the additional costs of the alleged child pornography was found on his cell phone, and computer.
He had not entered a plea for his life.
His cause of death is still pending toxicology results.
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The investigation into his death is ongoing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.