Police: Mom Apparently Shook Baby to Death

Sunday, Sep 25, 2011  |  Updated 1:40 PM CDT
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Starkenya Banks is accused of killing her 2-month-old daughter.

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A South Side woman is being held on $1 million bond, accused of murdering her 2-month-old daughter last week in the South Shore neighborhood.

Starkenya Banks, 20, of the 7100 block of South Yates Boulevard, apparently shook her daughter to death, police said.   She's charged with first-degree murder.

Banks is accused of killing her 2-month-old daughter, Omaria Beckon, authorities said.

Omaria, was found unresponsive at home Sept. 22 and was pronounced dead that night at Jackson Park Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

A Sept. 23 autopsy performed by the medical examiner’s office was inconclusive, pending a police investigation. But police said early Sunday the infant appeared to have been shaken.

Calumet Area detectives investigated.

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