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A woman of Washington, DC, pleaded guilty Wednesday to voluntary manslaughter. for the death of her 11-month-old daughter, whom she took to the hospital wrapped in a pink blanket lifeless, with makeup covering various wounds.
Tyra Monae Anderson, who will soon be 29, took her fatally wounded daughter to Children’s National Medical Center on Feb. 6, 2020, where the minor was pronounced deceased, who died of blunt force trauma to the head, federal prosecutors added, citing medical reports and an autopsy.
An autopsy revealed that she had apparently applied “make-up or some kind of cosmetic” to the body of Mackenzie Anderson to cover “multiple contusions to the head and face,” the Justice Department added.
“After a search warrant, cosmetics recovered from hotel room. The autopsy determined that the girl suffered from multiple contusions to her face and head, skull fractures and other injuries.”
But in her questioning with the police, the young mother gave another explanation about the cosmetics.
“I don’t wear makeup,” the defendant said, according to a nearly 40-page police affidavit. “[Es] makeup in the room because children play with makeup.”
The prosecutors illustrated the facts as follows:
Anderson, who was residing at a hotel in the 1600 block of New York Avenue NE, told police the baby fell out of bed around Feb. 3, 2020. He said the girl was “not active and not acting like herself” the next day, and that on February 5 she was out of breath. Finally, on February 6, he said, he found the girl unresponsive and cold to the touch. The woman said she did not seek immediate medical attention because she was afraid.
A lengthy investigation resulted in the mother’s arrest many months later, on December 4, 2020.
The baby “suffered from multiple acute contusions to the face and head, acute skull fractures, a laceration to the upper frenulum, a laceration within the left ear, pulmonary edema, and bilateral optic nerve cuff hemorrhage,” the statement revealed. autopsy. Police reports also indicated that “The decedent had very little stomach contents and had firm, dark stools in her intestines.”
Other witnesses reported seeing injuries to the baby a few days before the girl’s death. Those injuries included a bump on the girl’s head “and a scab on one of her hands.
Finally, the police indicated that they believed that the defendant “intentionally inflicted” the fatal injuries “and/or did not seek immediate medical treatment”, thus being the last person who “caused the death of the decedent”.
A section of the police report concluded, perhaps overzealously, that Mackenzie was under the “exclusive care and custody of the accused during the week prior to his death.”
According to a press release, prosecutors were more cautious in their assessment; they simply reasoned that the defendant was the “mother and main caregiver” of the victim to satisfy legal causation and secure a guilty plea, albeit for a lesser charge.
Initially, the police tried to charge the woman with felony homicide for child cruelty in the first degree; the plea deal resulted in a much lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.
Formal sentencing is scheduled for March 31, 2022.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.