OMAHA, Neb. – A Nebraska woman was in court to face charges she killed a child, by beating him and then leaving him in the car while she went to work.
A judge denied bond for Antonea Cannon, who is charged with child abuse resulting in death, KETV reported.
Cannon is accused of beating 5-year-old Jaylen Hearnes, leaving him in the car while she worked and then taking him to the hospital when he was already dead.
Police were initially called after Cannon brought the little boy to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to WOWT. Police told WOWT Cannon told them a story that didn’t line up, saying she left the boy with her sister, that the boy’s mother had come and picked him up and returned him to her sister, and that she had come home from work to find him unresponsive. But Cannon’s sister said she wasn’t home on the day of the incident, and hadn’t seen Hearnes since the day before, WOWT reported.
Prosecutors said autopsy results show the little boy was beaten, and investigators said they found blood in Cannon’s home, along with a “striking instrument” near the blood, KETV reported.
“It is heartbreaking. It’s so sad. And you know, we want to believe that our children will be protected to the utmost and people will protect our children,” prosecutor Don Kleine told The Omaha World-Herald. “And then we see something like this, it’s just so sad and maddening to see what this little boy suffered.”
Cannon’s 3-year-old daughter told investigators she had seen Cannon beat the little boy, and the girl was also found to have injuries, The Omaha World-Herald reported.
Investigators say while Cannon went to work after beating the child, she had the boy inside her car, KETV reported.
Prosecutors told KETV by the time Cannon took the child to the emergency room, he was in full rigor mortis. “The child had been dead for some period of time,” Kleine told the station.
The child’s father has been in jail since early February on a number of misdemeanor charges.