Thursday 9 July 2015

Boy Died As Mum Pushed Him On Swing For Two Days

A toddler died as his mother pushed him on a swing for two days, police have said.
Concerned locals in South Maryland, US, contacted authorities when they noticed Romechia Simms pushing the lifeless body of three-year-old Ji’Aire Donnell Lee in La Plata park, Charles County.

According to Charles County Sheriff’s Office, Ms Simms had been pushing him on the swing since the pair went to the park 44 hours before. An autopsy found the toddler had died of dehydration and hypothermia, and the death was ruled a homicide.

Ms Simms reportedly suffers from mental illness, and her mother took to Facebook to defend her daughter’s actions as those of an unwell woman, not a calculated murderer.

She posted a picture of Ji’Aire and announced she would be setting up a charity in his honour.
‘It does take a village to raise a child. And yes, we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. Each and every life has meaning and a purpose,’ she wrote.

‘Those that suffer from mental illness may life a very lonely and unproductive life if they don’t receive the resources, support and love that is needed.

‘It could be a mother, father, sister, brother, a child, a family member or yourself. Mental illness touches every family in this country. Let’s not shun them or look down upon them because it could be you.’

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