Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mom killed baby in a drunken rage, then strapped him in a BabyBjorn and went shopping

Toyrianna Smith, 20, is accused of strapping her baby's corpse into a sling and taking him shopping after killing the three-month old in a drunken rage.

Toyrianna Smith, 20, is accused of strapping her baby's corpse into a sling and taking him shopping after killing the three-month old in a drunken rage.

A Chicago-area mother suffocated her 3-month-old baby to death and then strapped him into a BabyBjorn carrier and went shopping, prosecutors said.

Toyrianna Smith, 20, was drinking vodka with friends at a home in Harvey, Ill., south of Chicago, last Wednesday when she beat and suffocated Ken Blackman Jr. because he wouldn't stop crying, prosecutors said in a bond hearing on Monday.

Smith had allegedly crashed in a guest room at the friend's house with the baby by her side when his crying woke her up, authorities said.

She told cops that she put a blanket over his head, hit him in the face and then smothered him until he stopped flailing and went quiet, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

On Thursday morning, when Blackman's father arrived to pick the boy up, Smith put the tot's lifeless body in a BabyBjorn and slipped out to go shopping for several hours, prosecutors said.

She then went to a neighbor's house to hang out. The neighbor called 911 after spotting blood on his blanket and noticing that the boy wasn't breathing.

Blackman was taken to Memorial Hospital in Harvey, where he was pronounced dead at 11:40 a.m. An autopsy report showed he died from suffocation and had been dead for 14 hours.

Smith admitted to killing the boy and used a toy doll to demonstrate for cops how she hit and smothered him, the Sun-Times reported.

She was charged with first-degree murder and ordered held on $1 million bond.

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