Police in Charles County, Maryland, have said that the toddler who was found dead in a swing back in May was essentially swung to death by his mother.
As ENTmania! reported back then, local residents alerted police after seeing the woman pushing the child on a swing the child ‘for an unusually long period of time’ and on arrival at the La Plata park, officers saw Romechia Simms still pushing the already dead, 3-year old Ji’Aire Donnell Lee.
An autopsy revealed that Ji’Aire died of dehydration and hypothermia, and police determined that he was pushed for at least 44 hours. Consequently, his death has been ruled a homicide.
Meanwhile, Simms’ mother took to Facebook to defend her daughter, saying that she suffers from a mental illness and her actions were those of a mentally ill woman, not a murderer.
‘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. t 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.’
Until now, it was believed that the child was already dead before the mother began pushing him on the swing.