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A young mother was found pushing her young deceased son on a swing, police in Maryland said.
The 24-year-old woman was seen pushing her son on a park swing for a long time.
In a press release, the police explained that they were called after the mother was seen in the park with her 3-year-old son for many hours.
She is believed to have been in the park overnight with the child.
The mother, who was not identified, was found pushing her dead son on the swing at the La Plata park on Friday morning. The child had no visible signs of trauma, police said.
When they arrived at the park shortly before 7:00 a.m., they realized that the child was dead and his mother was still pushing him back and forth on the swing.
The woman was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation, while the boy’s body was taken to the coroner’s office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
A Maryland mother who pushed her toddler son on a playground swing for almost two days until he died will not face any time in jail or a mental institution after taking a plea deal on Monday.
Romechia Simms was indicted for manslaughter and child abuse, but entered a plea for a lesser charge and avoided being criminally responsible for her 3-year-old son’s death.
Simms, 25, will not be guilty for her involuntary manslaughter charge, but admits that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her after she was found pushing Ji’Aire Lee’s corpse on a swing at a Maryland park last May.
A court-appointed psychologist ruled that the mother was schizophrenic, but not dangerous, WUSA9 reported.
Simms will have to continue taking her medication, see a psychiatrist and meet any other terms set by a court monitor as part of her five-year conditional release, WTOP reported.
“I’m happy with the outcome, this was the right thing to do,” Simms’ attorney, Elizabeth Connell said.
The young child died of dehydration and hypothermia on May 22, 2015 after spending a grueling 43 and a half hours on a swing set with the unstable mother, the Charles County Sheriff’s office said.
She had heard voices when she started pushing him telling her not to stop because “somebody will come.”
Simms, whose family said she suffered from depression and bipolar disorder, was hospitalized for four days after police found her and the dead child on the swing.
Simms’ mother said she suffered a psychotic episode between May 20 and May 22, and did not know her child died in between the two days.
Just two months before the tragic death, the boy’s father, James (Donnell) Lee was seeking custody of his son after concerns about Simms’ mental health.