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Pair Had Prior Convictions for Child Abuse

LAS VEGAS -- Kevin Taylor and Kedria Watson, both with histories of child abuse, now stand accused of murder.

Taylor was convicted of shaking his girlfriend's baby. He is now charged with the murder of his own daughter, one-year-old Kaitlynn Taylor, whom, according to police, he admitted to striking and throwing against a wall.

Watson, meanwhile, is charged with the death of her three-year-old stepson. She was arrested in 2008 for abusing the same child. Both Watson and Taylor are still on probation for their prior incidents.

According to the Nevada Department of Public Safety, even with their prior offenses, Taylor and Watson still were able to have access to children. That is because they were in compliance with their probations.

"Each case is managed differently. It's not a cookie cutter approach. So depending upon the offense of that particular individual, there's certain stipulations that can be given from CPS or from the judge," said Gail Powell with DPS.

Powell says probation officers work with the individual cases to enforce any restrictions. But according to court records, as part of a plea deal for that 2008 child abuse charge, Watson was not to have contact with her now-dead stepson or the child's father, without CPS approval.

CPS and Parole and Probation declined to respond to this story. But CPS did say their investigation into Watson, and the 2008 charge, wrapped up in May of this year.

CPS declined to provide any more details about Taylor's previous case involving another woman's child, saying it was still ongoing.

Taylor and Watson each face a charge of child abuse with substantial bodily harm and probation violations.