Sanford mother pleads not guilty in death of 2-year-old daughter

Rachel Fryer indicted on 5 charges in daughter's death

Rachel Fryer.
Rachel Fryer.

SANFORD, Fla. – A Seminole County woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter entered a "not guilty" plea during her arraignment on Tuesday.

Rachel Fryer, 33, has been charged with felony murder after she told investigators on Feb. 11 she put her daughter's body in a suitcase and buried her in Putnam County.

Fryer said she found Tariji Gordon unresponsive, but an autopsy shows the girl died from a blow to the head.

Fryer was indicted on March 12 on charges of first-degree felony murder, aggravated manslaughter, two counts of aggravated child abuse and tampering with evidence. They cover the events in the child's life from the time of her reunification with her mother on Nov. 17, 2013, through her death on Feb. 6 and the disposal of her body several days later, court officials said.

Fryer is in Seminole County jail on no bond.