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Couple faces murder charges after body of dead 2-year-old found in duffel bag

SAN YSIDRO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  A U.S. Customs and Border Protection K-9 unit waits to check vehicles crossing into the United States from Mexico on September 23, 2016 in San Ysidro, California. Daily more than 10,000 people legally cross the border, mostly for work, at San Ysidro, making it the busiest port of entry on the 2,000 mile border between the United States and Mexico. Securing the border and controlling illegal immigration have become key issues in the U.S. Presidential campaign.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

SAN YSIDRO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: A U.S. Customs and Border Protection K-9 unit waits to check vehicles crossing into the United States from Mexico on September 23, 2016 in San Ysidro, California. Daily more than 10,000 people legally cross the border, mostly for work, at San Ysidro, making it the busiest port of entry on the 2,000 mile border between the United States and Mexico. Securing the border and controlling illegal immigration have become key issues in the U.S. Presidential campaign. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)  (2016 Getty Images)

A Los Angeles-area couple is charged with murder after trying to cross into Mexico with the body of a 2-year-old girl in a duffel bag.

Mercy Becerra and Johnny Hartley also are charged with torture, assault on a child causing death and sex trafficking of the girl's mother.

The couple, who were charged last week, remained jailed in Los Angeles County Thursday and could face life sentences if convicted. It's unclear whether they have attorneys.

Prosecutors say the couple trafficked a woman between 2012 and this August, seized her daughter, brutally abused the child and killed the girl two months ago in Whittier.

Authorities say they were arrested on Aug. 9 at the San Ysidro border station after Mexican authorities X-rayed the duffel bag and discovered the girl's body.

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