A 24-year-old mother accused of killing her 3-year-old son told police the boy might have swallowed hazardous chemicals.
Jameshia Desiree Reid was charged with felony murder Thursday afternoon after Jakerie Reid died about 12 hours earlier.
Macon police found numerous bottles of bleach, cleaners, acetone and cuticle oil on the floor in several rooms of the house at 2111 Mutual Ave.
Reid said the boy was alone in the kitchen and might have been drinking acetone and pedicure oil she uses to do nails, according to a Macon police report.
She told investigators the boy walked out of the kitchen and passed out.
Reid was originally booked into the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center on a child cruelty charge Wednesday evening after the child was gravely injured and was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia.
The boy “suffered a lot of trauma” before he died in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at 1:40 a.m. Thursday, said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.
Police noticed Jakarie had several bruises on his body, but they never smelled any chemicals on him or in the home, the report stated.
Latonya Sanders, who lives with Reid at the house and was listed as a witness in the report, said in the report that Jakarie walked out on the back porch to be with her when he passed out.
Sanders, 23, said when he fainted, she brought him inside and they called 911.
A neighbor told police she heard someone beating the child after he refused to get dressed early Wednesday afternoon.
“He wouldn’t put his pants on, and then she hit him. He was hollering at first, but then he stopped,” said a young mother on the street who did not want to give her name. “She had to hit that baby in the chest, or something, for that baby to fall out.”
The boy suffered multiple injuries to his head and body, according to a Macon police news release.
The neighbor, who has young children herself, said she heard the whole thing while standing in her open doorway.
Reid originally told the investigators the boy was 2, she said.
“She doesn’t even know how old the d--- baby is,” the woman said in disgust. “Folks don’t need to have children if they’re going to beat on them.”
Reid, Jakarie, his younger sister and Sanders apparently had moved into the Pleasant Hill neighborhood about four days before, said Sherry Morgan, who lives across the street.
“I saw them, but haven’t actually talked to them,” said Morgan, who was at work when firefighters, an ambulance and police arrived Wednesday.
Thursday morning, some crime scene tape was still strapped to a utility pole at the nearby corner of Penn Avenue, and a four-door Honda with a Houston County license plate was parked in Reid’s driveway.
A woman, who said she lives at the house with Reid, answered the door and started crying after saying Jakarie was a “good boy.”
She identified herself as a friend, but declined to give her name.
“He liked to play basketball and he loved his cars,” she said through tears.
There was no picture of the boy available because they had not had time to unpack.
“Looks like we won’t be unpacking,” said the unidentified woman, believed to be Sanders.
The friend said she has been with Reid off and on all through the boy’s short life, but had never been through something like this before.
“She was a good mother to her kids,” she said.
Reid’s younger daughter had been removed from the home after the incident, she said.
When asked what upset Reid, she said she didn’t know: “It all happened so fast.”
Reid was on medication for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and was “in and out,” she said.
Jones said the boy’s mother was in the jail infirmary at about 6 a.m. Thursday when he told her of his death.
“She was nonchalant and showed no remorse at all,” Jones said.
Reid heard the charge against her Thursday afternoon in Magistrate Court at the LEC.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning at the GBI Crime Lab in Macon.