South Bend, Ind. A mother is charged after her baby was rushed to the hospital in critical condition Saturday night.
Monday night, we learned the baby, 11-month-old Micahyah Crockett died from his injuries. According to medical personnel, Micahyah suffered from petechia on the right eye and severe swelling of the brain. Doctors believed the swelling was consistent with suffocation. An autopsy is pending.
"This has been a very trying and upsetting case for all officers involved," Commander Tim Corbett of St. Joseph County Metro Homicide said. "It's unfortunate we're here to tell you we had to do a job on this. It sickens me to be here and I'm sure the other officers as well."
Nyesha Crockett was taken into custody in connection with the investigation. She's facing four felonies: one count battery, one count murder, one count aggravated battery and one count neglect of a dependent. She faces a maximum of 88 years on the four charges.
Nyesha Crockett reportedly sent threatening text messages to the baby's father, saying, "Imma [sic] leave him outside then," "Come get him before I hurt him," "Okay think I wont [sic]," and "Good luck with everything and I hope you find your son."
Crockett told police she then threw Micahyah on the ground and then kicked and struck him. She noted at this point Micahyah stopped crying and says she then played a video game on her phone.
Another child, 23-month-old Alaiyah Crockett was reportedly injured by Nyesha Crockett in February of 2014. Investigators say that injury was considered an accident at the time by medical personnel. Alaiyah Crockett is reportedly in a "vegetative state" due to oxygen deprivation from the incident. In the police affidavit, Nyesha Crockett admitted to police that she lied to medical personnel and she used a scarf to strangle Alaiyah until she stopped breathing.
"If it's an accident, it's an accident and that's how it was preliminarily determined," Ken Cotter, St. Joseph County Prosecutor said. "After hard work by homicide investigators, we found that she had in fact smothered the child and she is currently in a vegetative state."
"We're told the child has 80 percent loss of brain function," Corbett said.
Emergency responders and an ambulance were called to the 100 block of Sadie St. in South Bend Saturday night after reports of an unresponsive child. Police immediately began CPR until medical personnel arrived. He was then rushed to Memorial Hospital.
Neighbors tell NewsCenter 16 that sometime after 10:30 pm the baby's body was carried out of the house lifeless and appeared to be blue in color.