3-year-old toddler was found dead in swing after his mother had been pushing him for two days. The boy identified as Ji’Aire Lee was found in a park from Southern Maryland. According to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office the boy was alive when the mother, identified as Romechia Simms, placed him in the swing.
It seems that on May 20, when the mother and her child arrived in the park in La Plata (Maryland) at 11:15 a.m. the boy was alive. When the police found him two days later before 7 a.m. the toddler had died because of dehydration and hypothermia. Previously it was thought that Romechia Simms (24) was at the playground only overnight, but the timeline proved to be longer.
It is not clear at what point the body died. An early autopsy did not establish the clear cause of death, but according to the sheriff’s office the Baltimore medical examiner considers the case to be homicide after an exam performed on June 24.
After the police found the boy in the park the mother was taken for medical evaluation. According to a sheriff’s spokeswoman she did not seem to be aware of what was happening. After the funeral of her son Simms was hospitalized for four days. It seems that in February she had suffered a mental breakdown and now she does not remember what exactly happened in the park.
Next week the case will be presented to a grand jury. So far neither the mother nor anyone else was arrested, but a possible indictment is expected.
James Lee, the gather of the boy, lives in southwest Washington DC. In March he had filed for custody of his son. It seems that he was worried about Simms’s mental health and was of the opinion that she needed help.
However on May 11 the judge deemed the mother a fit parent so Lee and Simms shred custody: the body would stay with the mother during week time and spend weekends with his father. Unfortunately 11 days later the child was found dead.
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