Police officers from the city of Brookhaven located in the northeastern suburbs of Atlanta in western DeKalb County, Georgia, have arrested a couple in connection with the beating and subsequent death of an 8-month-old baby. According to 11Alive Atlanta, the incident that led to the eventual death of the baby happened on the evening of August 1, earlier this month. The child was later identified as Baby Kamonie, who was just 8-months-old.
According to authorities investigating the incident, the people behind the beating and eventual death of baby Kamonie have been identified as 24-year-old Shavon Whitehead and her 33-year-old boyfriend, Edward Wilson. Shavone is said to be the mother of the little girl. As per court documents, the incident happened on the evening of August 1. Several officers from the Brookhaven Police Department responded to the scene, where they were told that an infant was found in an unconscious state. The child was also reported to be not breathing at the time. Officers tended to the baby till paramedics arrived and took the baby away to CHOA Egleston, where she remained under treatment for the next two weeks.
While the police officers gave first aid to to baby Kamonie, they noticed several bruises on the child’s body which they say were consistent with signs of child abuse. According to court records, baby Kamonie “had injuries on her legs, buttocks, chin and arms, as well as multiple rib fractures and a possible skull fracture.” The document also added that Shavone Whitehead admitted using a belt on an occasion to punish the little 8-month-old child. Following her admission, she and her boyfriend were charged with cruelty to children and aggravated battery.
Initially though, both Whitehead and Wilson denied any knowledge of the injuries found on the child’s body.
Two weeks following the incident, little baby Kamonie passed away due to the seriousness of her injuries. Kamonie’s father announced the news to reporters and on his Facebook account. He confirmed that baby Kamonie was pronounced dead at the hospital 10:30 Saturday night.
Following the death of baby Kamonie, officials from the Brookhaven Police Department may press additional charges on the couple. Officials confirmed that they are awaiting an official autopsy report which would let them confirm if baby Kamonie’s death was directly caused by abuse inflicted on her by her own mother and her boyfriend.
On a Facebook comment thread that talked about the death of baby Kamonie, a commenter wrote as follows.
“This beautiful baby could’ve been loved by so many. One of the greatest tragedies in life is that even monsters can become parents. What a heartbreaking turn of events. Praying for the innocent dad who won’t see his daughter grow up. Rest easy angel!”
Another person, on the same comment thread said the following.
“KaylaWade Townson What is wrong with people??? This is so sick and twister! That poor baby! Can’t imagine the fear and pain she felt :( no baby deserves this crap! R.i.p sweet angel!???? break my heart and angers me to see such a precious life stole by these monsters!”
Monica Lewis, a woman from Bronk added these words.
I can’t believe the mother admitted to using a belt on her??? 8 month old babies should never be struck with anything?!!! If she was overwhelmed, call someone, knock on a neighbor’s door, call her father!!!! Sad, for him that he was robbed of seeing her grow up. I pray they both get the maximum sentence!!!!
The heartbreaking case of baby Kamonie is the latest among a string of infant deaths being reported from the U.S. Just a few weeks ago, we reported about the case of baby Ariana, a 2-year-old toddler from New Jersey who was raped and killed by her mother’s boyfriend — a man identified as Michael Disporto.
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