Mother Preliminarily Charged in Child's Death

Child's Death Ruled Homicide; Remains Confirmed As Jezaih King

By Peter Neumann
By Nicole Hahn
By Scott Sarvay

Child's Death Ruled Homicide; Remains Confirmed As Jezaih King

December 23, 2010 Updated Dec 23, 2010 at 12:18 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) – The Allen County Coroner confirms Fort Wayne toddler, Jezaih King, was killed by asphyxiation.

The 2-year-old boy's body was found in a closet in his mother's home on Wabash Avenue earlier this week.

The mother, 31-year-old Latisha Lawson, has been preliminarily charged with neglect in the case.

Police say she admitted she fed Jezaih olive oil and vinegar until he stopped breathing in November of 2009 because she couldn't take his temper tantrums.

Lawson has a 10-year old daughter, who was placed into police protective custody. Police have not detailed what the daughter knew about Jesaih.

Child safety advocates say abuse prevention is key.

Parents should take a step back and calm down during frustrating moments.

Jennifer Boen of SCAN (Stop Child Abuse & Neglect) says, “You still, as a strong, loving parent want to do what's best for that child. Call help, call 911, call your pastor, call SCAN."

Experts say don't wait.

Call 911 immediately because injuries often can't be seen or get worse over time.

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