Woman Starves Her Baby Boy To Death, Then Things Go From Bad To Worse – 3%

Woman Starves Her Baby Boy To Death, Then Things Go From Bad To Worse

A woman from Chicago, Illinois has been charged with murder for starving her 2-month-old son to death.

The Chicago Tribune reports when baby  Jashawn McBride was born in 2014, he was perfectly healthy, weighing just over 8 pounds.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled the death homicide by starvation. “The victim’s face was sunken in, showing his facial bones, and the victim’s ribs were visible through his skin,” said assistant state’s attorney Bryan Grissman on Feb. 19.

Jashawn’s uncle, Tyrone Jordan, disputed Grissman’s description of the baby. Jordan said the baby appeared healthy when he saw him about a week before his death. “He was smiling and laughing,” Jordan said. “He didn’t look sick. If he was that skinny, I would have said, ‘Shawnquail, go feed this baby.'”

Regarding the homicide charge, Jordan said:  “It doesn’t make any sense. She is not a murderer. She might have been neglectful. … She doesn’t know how to raise a child. She was a baby raising a baby, but my niece is not a murderer.”

The fact that Minnis was not charged with murder until two years after her baby’s death is “unusual,” says assistant public defender Toya Harvey. Minnis and her family were not even aware that the death was considered a murder until a few days ago, Harvey noted.

The charge against Minnis is first-degree murder, and she is being held on $2 million bail at the Cook County Jail, reports ABC News. She is seven months pregnant, and has two other children who are currently in foster care, prosecutors said.

Sources: Chicago Tribune, ABC News / Photo credit: Cook County Sheriff via Chicago Tribune

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