Livonia — The Wayne County Prosecutors Office will upgrade charges against a Detroit woman accused of beating her friend to death with a crockpot on Oct. 22.

The defendant, Tawana Sullivan, 50, was originally charged with assault with intent to murder, according to Lt. Tom Garolski.

“But then the victim died so the charges will be upgraded to first-degree murder at the defendant’s preliminary examination on Nov. 6th in 16th District Court,” Garolski said.

According to reports, police were called to the McNamara Towers senior housing complex — located in the 19300 block of Purlingbrook — at about 10 p.m. after receiving reports of an assault.

“We believe the weapon used was a crockpot,” Garolski said.

“As far as we know, the victims were friends and had known each other for a while. We don’t know yet what caused the assault.”

According to police, the 66-year-old victim later died at a local hospital on Oct. 25.

According to reports, Sullivan had a minor police record. She is being held at the Wayne County Jail.

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