A Tennessee black woman accused of killing her three-month-old son is now in prison on first-degree murder charges. Officers had to wait for the woman to be discharged from the hospital where she spent two weeks recovering from unspecified injuries before making the arrest.
Knoxville police confirmed that Tierra Patrice Williamson, 19, has been charged with killing Adrian Howell, Jr., her baby who was born only on August 1.
Police said the poor baby died from blunt force trauma to the head on November 17. The baby also sustained injuries to other parts of his body that may have also contributed to his death.
Police officers were called to Williamson’s apartment building by concerned witnesses who informed dispatchers that a woman was dangling a baby from the building’s third floor.
According to Williamson’s arrest warrant, the witnesses from the ground floor saw the woman from the third floor holding the baby by the neck as he bled from his mouth. The witnesses went up and entered the apartment only to see the baby covered in blood, and apparently dead already.
Responding officers found the three-month-old being held by his father who was crying as he held the child. The officers also found Williamson hiding behind window shades.
Williamson is being held on $100,000 bond. It is not clear why she could be that cruel to her own vulnerable child. It was not established if she is struggling with mental issues or facing domestic problems.
It is not clear if a funeral was held for the baby, and if Williamson was even aware of it.
It is also unclear until Tuesday if Williamson has appeared before a judge to enter a plea to the single murder count.
Court officials said the defendant does not have an attorney of record who could comment on her behalf.