Police charge man with murder in 2012 killing of 11-month-old in Raleigh

James Fidel Jennings
James Fidel Jennings CCBI

A man from Mount Olive was charged Tuesday night with murdering an 11-month-old child that he was caring for in 2012.

James Fidel Jennings, 32, was charged by police detectives, who arrested him in Mount Olive.

An arrest warrant, sworn out yesterday, accuses Jennings of killing the child, identified by the initials Z.H., between May 29 and June 1, 2012.

The baby was found unresponsive at a home in the 6100 block of Saint Giles Street on the afternoon of May 29, police said in a statement announcing Jennings’ arrest.

The baby died at WakeMed Hospital on May 31, and the state medical examiner’s office said the child had been asphyxiated.

Police charged Jennings after conferring with the Wake County District Attorney’s office, spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said.

Police had arrested Jennings the day after the baby’s death, but he was charged then with embezzlement and stealing a gun the week before.

Records show Jennings was convicted in August that year of misdemeanor larceny, and the embezzlement charge was dismissed.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT