Macon child died from head injuries, autopsy shows

lfabian@macon.comMay 24, 2013 

A Friday morning autopsy on a 3-year-old Macon boy showed that he died from head injuries.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said Jakarie Reid’s death was ruled a homicide after the finding of blunt force head trauma.

His mother, Jameshia Desiree Reid, was charged with felony murder after the child died at 1:40 a.m. Thursday in The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

The child was rushed to the hospital after he stopped breathing Wednesday afternoon at his home at 2111 Mutual Ave.

The 24-year-old woman told police the boy passed out and might have swallowed hazardous chemicals, according to a police report.

Macon police found numerous bottles of bleach, cleaners, acetone and cuticle oil on the floor in several rooms, but they did not smell any chemicals on the boy, or in the home. The officer did note several bruises on his body.

Another young mother, who was standing in an open doorway across the street, said she heard a woman beating the child after he refused to get dressed.

“He wouldn’t put his pants on, and then she hit him. He was hollering at first, but then he stopped,” said the neighbor, who did not want to give her name.

Firefighters and emergency medical technicians tried unsuccessfully to revive him before rushing him away by ambulance, the witness said.

Jones said toxicology testing would show whether the child ingested any chemicals, but those results would likely take weeks.

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