Mom Who Blamed Her Six-Week-Old Daughter’s Death on Her Son, 3, Is Jailed and Faces Capital Murder Charge
Bhvishya Patel, Daily Mail, April 29, 2019
A mother who accused her three-year-old son of injuries that led to her baby daughter’s death has been jailed.
Halle Marie Murry, 25, from Fort Worth, Texas, blamed the death of six-week-old Acelyn Lailani Rogers on her son after telling doctors she had found her child lying lifeless on the floor.
However on Sunday the mother was arrested by local authorities at her workplace and has now been charged with capital murder.
On the afternoon of January 14 Murry rushed her children to Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital, telling medical staff that she had awoken from from her sleep to find her son stood over her daughter’s motionless body.
Upon discovering the full extent of the baby’s injuries doctors rushed Acelyn to Cook Children’s Medical Center.
After the doctor treating the infant told the mother that the injuries were one of the worst fractures he had seen and that ‘no way a 3-year-old could have caused this amount of damage’ the mother was spotted going back to her home for unknown reasons.
An affidavit, written by crimes against children Detective C. West, and seen by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reads: ‘Halle had access to her apartment prior to officers being able to secure the scene.
‘It wasn’t until after she realized her initial story about how the injuries may have happened were questioned, that she gave inconsistent statements as to what she actually did at the apartment prior to officers securing the scene.’
Upon returning to the hospital Murry was heard giving varying accounts of why she had returned to her apartment.
Following her daughter’s death, Murry continued to accuse her son of the injuries.
She told Sergeant. C. Hendrix that she found her son, who she also described as rough, lying over her daughter with a metal fidget spinner and insisted that the shape of her baby’s injuries matched that of the solid object.
Detective West continued: ‘She stated how bad her 3-year-old has acted in the past by describing him hitting Acelyn with objects, slapping, biting, kicking and spitting.’
An autopsy carried out on Acelyn, who was pronounced dead on the same day, later confirmed that the infant had died of multiple fractures caused by repeated blows to the head.
Three days after the baby’s death a drug screening by Child Protective Services also revealed that Murry and her son had tested positive for cocaine.
Murry is now being kept in Tarrant County Jail and her son was taken into state custody.