Police charged a Carrboro mother this week with the murder of her infant son Saturday night in a mall pond in South Carolina.
Jameisha Ka’Tara Alexander, 24, was charged July 16 after witnesses reported seeing her holding the baby just before 10 p.m. near a pond at the Tanger Oulets on U.S. 501, northwest of Myrtle Beach.
A security officer responded, finding the baby lying face down in the pond on top of PVC drainage pipes, police reported. The guard pulled the baby from the water, and Horry County Fire Rescue EMS unsuccessfully attempted CPR, they said.
A Horry County coroner ruled the baby had died from drowning.
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The guard told police no one else was around, but a witness at the scene gave them a description of the woman near the pond. Officers, assisted by a police dog, searched the area on foot and in vehicles, but could not find the woman.
Officers responding to a wreck about 11:30 p.m. near Bill Jones Road and U.S. 501 in Aynor, S.C., discovered that the female driver may have been involved in the baby’s death, reports state.
They found Alexander at a local hospital and impounded her car – a Chevrolet Cruze – in the Horry County Police Department lot.
“The defendant was located fter she wrecked her vehicle almost two hours later. During that time frame the defendant made no effort to contact authorities or anyone else for help,” an arrest warrant stated.
Alexander is being held under no bond in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C.