Boy dies in van, mom arraigned on murder charge

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. A judge has set a $500,000 bond for a suburban Detroit woman charged with murdering her 2-year-old son who was left buckled inside a sweltering minivan.

Twenty-one-year-old Audrionna Rhoades of Macomb County's Shelby Township was arraigned Tuesday on child abuse and second-degree murder charges. She has asked for a court-appointed lawyer.

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith says that Rhoades left her son James Nelson buckled to the seat in the van the morning of Sept. 3, then drove another vehicle to work. He says that 9½ hours later, a roommate noticed James's foot through the window of the van.

The child was freed but died soon after at a hospital.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WNDU - Channel 16 54516 State Road 933 South Bend, IN 46637 Front Desk: 574-284-3000 Newsroom: 574-284-3016 Email: newscenter16@wndu.com
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 225084912