A Maryland mother was seen pushing her dead 3-year-old son on a swing in Wills Memorial Park last week. The 24-year-old mother was reportedly at the park for hours before she and the dead child on the swing were discovered, according to CBS News.
It was around 6:55 a.m. when officers responded to a call about a woman who had been pushing a child in a swing for an unusually long period of time. The woman and her son may have been at the park since the day before. Officers noticed right away that the boy was dead.
A relative identified the woman as Romechia Simms and the boy as Ji’Aire Lee. She was taken to a hospital for observation, as reported by WUSA-TV. The woman’s mother, Vontasha Simms, said her daughter had been diagnosed with a mental illness about three months ago and had been seeking help, but her daughter would never harm her grandson in any way.
The 47-year-old grandmother says she wants to set the record straight.
“I just believe she had some type of mental illness, some type of mental break that came upon her where she wasn’t able to get herself out of that situation.”
Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said on Monday that an autopsy has been completed on the 3-year-old boy found Friday in La Plata, Maryland, but the cause of death remains under investigation,
Police have not commented on details of the investigation or whether mental illness played a role. Previously, she said there were no obvious signs of foul play, but that it hadn’t been ruled out.
“Simms is facing no immediate charges in connection to the incident, and is being treated at a local hospital.”
Sheriff Richardson says police are still putting together a timeline of events and ask for the public’s help. Anyone who may have seen the young mother and her son around the time of the incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.
“This is a top priority for us. This is a 3-year-old boy that’s deceased. We don’t know the cause of death. There are no obvious signs of trauma, but he is deceased and our detectives are working around the clock trying to put information together to answer the question as to how this child died.”
A GoFundMe page has also been set up for Ji’Aire with a goal of $8,000. So far, 30 people have donated $1,255 in the last three days.
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