Thursday, June 30, 2011

Toyrianna Smith of Harvey charged with first-degree murder after she killed her infant son and then carried him around shopping the next day

A mother has been accused of killing her three-month-old son before taking his dead body shopping with her.

Toyrianna Smith is alleged to have suffocated her newborn son to stop him from crying after his screams disturbed her sleep.

Hours later she dressed the boy and took him out in a carrier while she went shopping near her home in Harvey, Illinois.

Ms Smith, 20, later dropped in to see a friend who noticed that the baby wasn't moving and noticed blood on the child's blanket and called emergency services.

The child, identified as Ken Blackman Jr., was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Medical examiners said he had been dead at least eight hours when he was brought to the emergency room and ruled his death a homicide.

Police believe Smith dressed the baby and took him out as the boy's father was due to return home and she was unable to explain his son's death. Read More