Edward Joseph Benesch II now faces two charges of felony murder as well as aggravated child abuse and neglect for the death of his girlfriend’s 18-month-old daughter last month. The Dickson County Grand Jury issued a four-count indictment Wednesday with the more serious charges for the death of Somarah Smith. Benesch was bound over to the grand jury just last Friday on charges of reckless homicide and child abuse. The two felony murder counts accuse 26-year-old Benesch of killing the child during the act of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect. The original reckless homicide charge carries a potential penalty of 2-12 years in prison while felony murder is punishable by life in prison or even the death penalty. Benesch was arrested March 7 after he dropped Somarah and a sister off at her great aunt’s home in Dickson. TBI Agent Mike Breedlove testified Friday that Kim Perez discovered Somarah was unresponsive and began CPR. Dickson Police Officer Scott Hull and emergency medical personnel also tried unsuccessfully to revive the infant and she was pronounced dead. Breedlove said Benesch claims he tripped over a cat on the porch of his Rocky Drive mobile home the night before and fell on Somarah, but did not seek medical attention for her because he was drunk. The agent says video at the Love’s Truck Stop shows Benesch buying beer and cigarettes at 10:38 that Wednesday night, after he claims to have fallen on the child. Breedlove said it is not clear whether Somarah was already dead when Benesch dropped her off that morning. He also said the medical examiner compared the child’s multiple internal injuries to those suffered by an unrestrained victim of an automobile wreck, but said the child might have been able to survive had she received immediate medical attention. The indictment charges Benesch with child abuse, neglect and killing Somarah between March 4 and 5, which is even earlier than his claim of falling on her on March 6. Breedlove also testified there is a witness who saw Benesch punch the child but in his testimony did not say when that occurred. Benesch was caring for the two children because their mother, Helena Jill Smith, and father, Edward Mays, were both in jail at the time. Benesch remains in the Hickman County Jail on $75,000 bond and will be arraigned on the new charges next month.