Update: Mother Charged In Connection With Death Of 11-month-old – Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart In News, Weather, Sports

Nyesha Crockett (St. Joseph County Police)

Joseph County Police) SOUTH BEND – UPDATE– Metro Homicide held a news conference Monday regarding the arrest of Nyesha Crockett. FOX28’s Alexis Gray reports Crockett is charged with battery of her daughter Alaiyah in February, and murder, aggravated battery and neglect of a dependent in connection with the death of her son Micahyah. “It sickens me to be here,” says Tim Corbett with Metro Homicide. “Killing your baby is never the answer.” According to the affidavit against Crockett, “when officers arrived (Saturday), they found Micahyah Crockett not breathing and no pulse. Police immediately began CPR until medical personnel arrived. Micahyah was rushed to the hospital. According to medical personnel Micahyah suffered from Petechia on right eye and severe swelling of the brain.” The affidavit says Nyesha Crockett sent text messages to the child’s father threatening she would harm the child. Police say the father’s phone shut-down, and he did not receive the text messages. “Nyesha Crockett further advised us (investigators) that when he did not respond, she became angry. Crockett stated that she then took a shirt and smothered Micahyah. She then threw Micahyah down to the ground and then kicked and struck him.” The affidavit also describes charges relating to alleged abuse of Crockett’s daughter Alaiyah. The court papers say, “Nyesha Crockett admitted… that her story to medical personnel was a lie…. she stated that she therefore used the scarf to strangle Alaiyah.” Officials say Alaiyah’s prognosis for recovery remains slim. PREVIOUS: St. Joseph County Metro Homicide will host a press conference tonight at 8:30 p.m. in conjunction with the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, according to Metro Homicide detective Jim Andrews. More details on the criminal investigation against Nyesha Crockett, and on the baby’s medical condition, will be released at that time. PREVIOUS: Three child protective and emergency healthcare agencies, including Child Protective Services, visited Nyesha Crockett at the St. Joseph County Jail this afternoon to discuss the condition of her son, according to St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Commander Tim Corbett, and officials at the county jail. PREVIOUS: St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Commander Tim Corbett says the baby is alive and in “extremely critical condition.” South Bend Police initially reported the case as a homicide. Corbett also confirmed the mother of the child has been arrested and remains in custody. He identified the mother as Nyesha Crockett. ORIGINAL STORY:South Bend Police are investigating a suspected homicide at 100 North Sadie street.
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