Mother Took Baby She Killed Shopping: Prosecutors

The suburban Chicago mother is charged with killing her 3 month-old son

By Jennifer Schwarz
|  Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011  |  Updated 7:48 AM CDT
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A south suburban woman is charged with killing her infant son, then carrying the baby’s dead body around for hours. 

Toyrianna Smith, 20, allegedly beat and suffocated her 3-month-old son, Ken Blackman Jr., last Wednesday night at a friend’s Harvey home when the baby wouldn’t stop crying, the Sun-Times reports.

The next morning, prosecutors say she dressed the boy and took him shopping, strapped to her chest in a BabyBjorn carrier.

 
Later, a neighbor called 911 when they suspected the baby wasn’t breathing and saw blood on the child’s blanket. The baby was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.  
 
Doctors say Ken Jr. had been dead for eight to 14 hours.
 
Smith was charged with first-degree murder. A Cook County judge ordered her held Monday on $1 million bond.

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