Mom Charged in Baby's Murder Even Though She Wasn't Around (VIDEO)

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An 11-year-old boy has been charged in the death of his baby brother, after the boy reportedly confessed to dropping the 6-month-old boy on his head because he was "jealous" of him. It's pretty unusual to charge a child this young with something as serious as felony child abuse, but authorities say they feel confident the charges are justified. But what is outraging some people in the family is that the baby's mother was also charged -- even though she was not even home when the tragic incident happened.

Wendy Latwann Johnson, 33, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse causing serious bodily injury, even though she wasn't around when her elder son allegedly dropped her baby boy. But authorities say that she left them alone -- even though it was only briefly -- and that she showed "poor judgment." Homicide police captain Cecil Brison of Charlotte, North Carolina told WBTV:

Ultimately there's a level of responsibility and accountability that also lies with the parent in this case. Understandably, the grandmother is upset with her daughter being charged and I understand that. However, it goes back to what I've said before -- we charge based on the total picture. We charge everyone that's responsible in all cases.

Experts say that Johnson is being charged due to a "culpably negligent act or omission" that led to murder. Sentences will differ according to state and circumstances, but it's likely that Johnson could spend at least 12 months in jail.

This is a tough one. Does the mom deserve to be charged? What about an 11-year-old child -- could he comprehend that dropping his baby brother could lead to death? Does he understand death?

An 11-year-old is clearly too young to be in charge of a 6-month-old, no matter how you look at it. At 11 years old, I was babysitting younger kids, but never infants. That was just reckless and ignorant.

As for the child, some young children are perfectly capable of evil acts -- others are just immature and acting out and perhaps have emotional or mental health issues.

The boy is now staying with his grandmother, who does not believe her daughter should have been charged.

You can't just let a baby be deliberately dropped on his head and die without issuing punishment. But I do hope these two get some help too and not just punishment. It may not be too late for the 11-year-old to change his ways.

Do you think they should have been charged?

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sweet... sweetaspie630

Well to be honest, the mom does NOT look AT ALL upset that her 6 month old baby just died, and her 11 year old son was charged with the death. She looks bored, and a bit ticked off about having her mug shot taken, but I would NEVER guess her infant just died, or that her other child was in serious legal trouble for causing it. She looks like she could care less.

peanu... peanutsmommy1

yes, in this situation, mom is just as responsible for leaving an 11 year old in charge of an infant

adamat34 adamat34

Agree with peanuts. This mother is obviously not exhibiting good judgment. Remember the days when if you run to the store or whatever your kids went with you??? Also, how sad a child was this neglected he felt like he eliminate the problem. String her up, she looks eerily calm for someone who child died violently.

Stacey Lynne Berube

Really Sweetaspie??? Your biggest comment about this article is how the mother looks in her mugshot? I agree the mother needs to be charged for irresponsibly leaving her 11 year old in charge of caring for the baby. I also agree that the 11 year old atleast knew that he would hurt his brother, so therefore is responsible for punishment. However, judgement should not be based upon their looks but rather upon their actions, or lack there of.

Tabitha Bragdon

Absolutely. I would never EVER leave someone under the age of 15/16 with an infant because they themselves are just a child. Leaving a 6 month old with a 11 year old is very poor judgement. I could understand if she said "'keep an eye on the baby while I make dinner, or use the bathroom." But home alone, never. And yes this child should be charged. He's old enough to know right from wrong, and he knew what he was doing was wrong. The fact that neither of them seem to care though is what bothes me most. Poor baby :( My kids always go with me when I go somewhere, unless they are in school, because that's what responsible parents do. They take their kids with them.

Erin Higgins

I was babysitting infants when I was 10, nothing happened to them. Your statement is ignorant and stupid. I was also left alone with my 3 younger siblings at the same age cuz my parents were too busy treating themselves to a kid-free evening three times a week, and too cheap to get a legitimate babysitter.  Again, nothing happened to them! This boy clearly has some serious issues, and he needs to be punished, as well as the mother, cuz she was ignorant enough to leave her kids alone. Obviously the worst things in the world CAN happen in a matter of moments. I, for one, do not take that chance.

Melissa Michel

MISSOURI law states a child can babysit at the age of 11.


Sheri Barnett

Ummm yea at the age of 11, if he is that jealous of a 6 month old to murder..obviously he has some serious serious issues and I believe it was because of the way he was raised by his mother. If the boy had any decent relationship with his mother, I'm pretty sure they would have communicated the issue of jealousy or resentment towards the baby. 


nonmember avatar kim coleman

Hell yes they should both be charged the evil little brat knew exactly what he was doing.

nonmember avatar Mommy T

I think everyone is judging this situation too harshly. The 11 year old was in the wrong here. Doesn't mean his mother was a bad mom. Some kids just have issues. Her mugshot also doesn't mean she doesn't care. Everybody is ignorant who would ever judge a mother's feelings on a picture that appears to show her "not emotional" enough. You have no idea what's going through her head in that situation. I think losing her bay should be punishment enough.

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