Roommate Charged In Toddler's Death

By Mary Collins

March 23, 2011 Updated Mar 23, 2011 at 12:07 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind., (Indiana's NewsCenter)--- A second woman has been charged in the death of a 2-year-old who had a mixture of olive oil and vinegar poured down his throat.

Natasha N. Hawkins, 31, of the 1900 block of Hobson Road, is accused of participating in the death of 2-year-old Jezaih King.
Jezaih’s mother, Latisha Lawson, 31, was charged in 2010 with battery causing death, neglect of a dependent causing death, neglect of a dependent causing injury, neglect of a dependent and battery. The additional charges accuse Lawson of beating and neglecting her 10-year-old daughter. On Feb. 11, prosecutors added an additional charge of murder against Lawson in connection with Jezaih’s death.
The charges against Hawkins, filed in Allen Superior Court, include aiding in battery causing death, neglect of a dependent causing death, assisting a criminal and four counts of battery.

According to court documents, Hawkins actively participated in the events leading up to Jezaih’s death, which both Hawkins and Lawson described to police as an exorcism.

Hawkins is accused of holding down Jezaih’s legs and saying a prayer while Lawson poured a mixture of olive oil and vinegar down his throat in November 2009, believing, the women said, he and his sister were possessed by demons.

Hawkins is scheduled to make her initial appearance in court Wednesday, stay tuned to Indiana’s NewsCenter for details.

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