North Carolina mom has photos created with dead daughter she's accused of killing

Mom Takes Photos With Dead Daughter She's Accused of Killing

(WPIX) -- A North Carolina mother had beautiful images created of her and her deceased 2-year-old daughter, but the real story behind the photos is truly haunting.

Jeanie Ditty, 23, an active duty soldier at Fort Bragg, and her boyfriend, Zachary Keefer, were arrested and charged for murdering her daughter, Macy Grace, last week, according to PEOPLE.

On Dec. 2, 2015, the 2-year-old was unresponsive and taken to the hospital. Medical staff discovered bruises all over the little girls body. Two days later, Macy Grace died from her injuries, PEOPLE reported.

An investigation was launched and three months later autopsy results proved the child's death was a homicide.

But the months after the toddler's death, Ditty kept on living her life.

Ditty reached out to Sunny Jo, a photographer in Pennsylvania who creates portraits of family members with their deceased loved ones, three days after Macy Grace's death, according to PEOPLE. She asked him if he could create pictures of her and her daughter.

Jo told PEOPLE he had felt so bad for the grieving mother that he did $500 worth of work for free, not knowing the real story behind Macy's death.

The pictures were made and she received the beautiful images of her at the gravesite with an angelic ghost of Macy Grace standing over her shoulder.

See the graveside images:

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North Carolina mom has photos created with dead daughter she's accused of killing
(Photo credit: Sunny Jo Photography)
(Photo credit: Sunny Jo Photography)
(Photo credit: Sunny Jo Photography)

Jo said he was shocked to hear that Ditty and her boyfriend have now been charged with first-degree murder in the case.

"I couldn't sleep since this happened," he told PEOPLE. "The only thing that helps me out is me thinking I didn't do it for Jeanie I did it for the spirit of Macy."

Ditty and Keefer were charged with first-degree murder and negligent child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, according to PEOPLE. They could face either life in prison, or the death penalty if they are convicted.

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