An absolutely disturbing story where a vicious animal has now been charged in the death of an infant child has both investigators and family members furious that such a deranged creature could commit this type of atrocity.
Many however, are not surprised.
Law enforcement in Indiana say that a warrant was issued on Wednesday for the arrest of a 22-year-old Jaquail Iman Smith on charges of murder, aggravated battery, and voluntary manslaughter in the death of an 8-week-old baby, the Howard County prosecutor announced.
A news release from Prosecutor Mark McCann said that Smith not only intentionally killed the 8-week-old boy, who was identified only as “August M.”, while “acting under sudden heat” on November 8th in the 1300 block of East Alto Road, a Kingston Green apartment about a half-mile east of State Road 931 on the city’s south side.
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Kokomo Police Department say that they dispatched officers after they received an emergency 911 call at about 8:30 PM to Howard Regional Hospital in reference to an infant patient who was admitted with serious head injuries to the skull., court documents said.
Hospital staff had first called the Indiana Department of Child Services, which then contacted the Kokomo Police.
Police took multiple photos of the baby’s injuries before he was taken by helicopter to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis.
A Kokomo Police Detective said in court documents that the baby had severe lacerations and marks on his face, legs and torso, a swelling of clotted blood on the back of his head, and countless skull fractures.
The baby’s mother, who was identified as “Kincie” in the court documents provided by the prosecutor, told Kokomo Police she had discovered the injuries after she had left her son with her boyfriend, Smith, who is not the biological father of “August M.”
Smith however told investigators that the baby was sleeping when “Kincie” left the house.
After the baby napped, Smith said he went to check and see how the child was doing and found the baby was not breathing. Smith told Police he shook the baby while the child was still lying on his back and pinched between its fingers, but got no response.
The baby started breathing again after Smith pinched the boy’s cheek. The mother returned home to find the baby’s head swollen.
The baby later died from its injuries on November 9th,court documents said.
Family members told Police that Smith apologized to “August M.” as he died in the hospital room, which only further raised suspicions.
In the meantime, the Marion County Coroner’s Office began questioning the details around the baby’s death at the Riley Hospital.
The Coroner then determined the baby died of blunt force injury to the head, which was intentionally delivered by severe force.
In addition to the injuries recorded by hospital staff, the Coroner also found a hemorrhage of the optic nerve, neck injuries, and “multiple remote fractures.”
The Department of Child Services had originally drug screened Smith and Kincie on November 8th, and the results showed Smith tested positive for THC, amphetamine, and methamphetamine.
Jaquail Iman Smith was being processed on Wednesday night at the Howard County Jail, an intake official said.
The Prosecutor in the case, Mark McCann, said that he plans to pursue a sentence of life in prison without parole in Smith’s case.
A cash bond in the case was set at $500,000 in Howard Superior Court 2.
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