A 4-year-old mother's girlfriend was charged Friday with murder in the death of the child who was found not breathing and covered in bruises earlier this week at an apartment in Clayton County.
Shardae Glover, 28, was charged with felony murder in the death of young Jamila Hart, according to Clayton County police. She was also charged with first-degree cruelty to children, aggravated assault and aggravated battery, police spokeswoman JaQuitta Williams said. Jamila would have turned 5 on Sept. 20, according to a media report.
The child's mother has also been charged in the case, which unfolded Sunday when officers responded to the River Edge Apartments at 235 Roberts Drive in Jonesboro after someone called 911 to report the 4-year-old was not breathing, Williams said.
Neighbors were frantically trying to revive the little girl when police arrived, according to media reports.
Jamila was transported to Southern Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, Williams said. She had numerous bruises on her head and body, the spokeswoman said.
Hart and Glover were taken in for questioning and initially charged with child cruelty and child deprivation in connection with two other children, ages 1 and 2, who were at the home at the time of the incident, Williams said. Despite the initial charges, detectives have been investigating the death of Jamila as a homicide since the beginning, she said.
“She had bruises all about her body,” Williams said. “She had been beaten around her head. She had massive injuries. By the time we got to the home, the child wasn’t breathing. By the time we got to the hospital, she was pronounced dead.”
Still, the cause of Jamila's death is still undetermined and detectives are waiting on the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to complete the autopsy and their investigation into the child's death, Williams said.
Neighbor Asia Cherry, a nursing student who tried to revive the little girl, told Channel 2 Action News she asked the women if they had called 911.
“And the mother’s girlfriend … was like, ‘I’m going to jail. I’m going to jail,’ ” Cherry recalled.
“All you could hear is, ‘I don’t want to go to jail. I don’t want to go to jail,’ ” William Johnson, another neighbor who also tried to save the little girl, told the television station.
While in the Clayton County jail, Glover attempted to commit suicide, Williams said. She was taken to the hospital, but was expected to be released Friday, the spokeswoman said. She did not say how Glover attempted suicide.