St. Louis Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Death of Son

9 years 2 months 1 week ago Thursday, July 14 2011 Jul 14, 2011 Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:02:00 AM CDT July 14, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis woman has pleaded not guilty in the death of her 18-month-old son.

KSDK-TV reports that 28-year-old Mellissa Shawneece Jackson entered the plea Wednesday. She is charged with first-degree murder and felony abuse of a child resulting in death.

The child, Marquell Jackson, died in May. Authorities say the child was beaten, strangled and then tossed into a trash dumpster. An autopsy showed the child had severe brain trauma, a lacerated liver, several bone fractures and ligature marks on his neck.

Jackson is jailed without bond. Her attorney did not return a phone message seeking comment.

 

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