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Baby’s mother ‘looked away’ as dad delivered fatal beating, Macon murder warrant says

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that more than 700,000 children are referred to child protective agencies as a result of abuse or neglect in the U.S. each year. According to Purva Grover, M.D., a pediatric eme

The mother of Macon’s first homicide victim of 2019 was arrested on a murder charge Tuesday morning.

Jaimie Lynn Howard, 20, of Plantation Parkway, was booked into the Bibb County jail at 10 a.m., according to jail records.

King Henderson, who turned 1 on Jan. 20, died late Thursday at Coliseum Northside Hospital, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

He initially showed no signs of injury, according to an initial Bibb County sheriff’s news release.

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A’kym Henderson


After a GBI autopsy showed the baby succumbed to head trauma, his 21-year-old father, A’kym Malek Henderson, of the same Plantation Way address, was arrested and charged with murder Friday afternoon.

Howard is accused of “acting in concert” with Henderson, according to the arrest warrant.

She “attempted to cover up this incident by initially stating... she was only woken up by the victim struggling to breathe,” the warrant stated.

Howard continued to stick to her account during questioning, the warrant stated.

She later changed her story and said she witnessed Henderson punch the boy in the head multiple times.

She “chose to look away,” the warrant stated.

Howard failed to seek medial attention for the baby until he was unresponsive, an updated sheriff’s news release stated.

King suffered multiple complex skull fractures, scalp hemorrhages and a swollen brain, the warrant stated.

Jones said Tuesday morning that he had not been able to reach Howard after the boy’s death.

“That baby’s still in the morgue,” he said.

King’s uncle, Howard’s half-brother, said his sister wants a private autopsy on the child as she does not believe Henderson is guilty.

Aaron Beaver, of LaGrange, said Howard and Henderson were devoted parents who stopped going out at night and partying to care for their child.

“They gave all that up when King was born,” Beaver said. “She and A’kym put that baby on a pedestal.”

Howard grew up in Thomaston, but the couple moved to Macon after the baby was born to live with Henderson’s mother, he said.

Howard’s been “the sweetest little girl since she was 10,” he said, and “wouldn’t harm a butterfly.”

Beaver could not explain what happened to the child but said his sister is devastated.

“She’s been heartbroken since it happened. She’s into herself,” he said.

Howard told family members she wants to have the boy cremated and put his ashes in an hourglass necklace to wear around her neck.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones speaks during a city wide prayer breakfast held at Glorious Hope Baptist Church Saturday morning. The purpose of this event was to find solutions for how the church can help offset crime and violence in the community.



Liz Jarvis Fabian has reported public safety issues in Middle Georgia for over 36 years. The former storm chaser and news anchor for The Weather Channel has won numerous awards including McClatchy President’s Awards for breaking news team coverage. Fabian was named Georgia AP’s best beat reporter in 2017.


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