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Detroit woman charged for death of 18-day-old child

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published September 13, 2019

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DETROIT — A Detroit woman has been charged in connection with the death of her 18-day-old child.

First responders arrived at the house in question at 5:30 a.m. Aug. 26. According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, 22-year-old Jaila Thomas, of Detroit, had allegedly been drinking in her apartment in the 19630 block of Schoenherr Road when she discovered the child, Lauren Williams, unresponsive and floating facedown in the bathtub.

First responders were dispatched to the scene and pronounced the child deceased via drowning. Police began an investigation and took Thomas into custody.

Thomas has been charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of second-degree child abuse. She was arraigned Aug. 29 in front of 36th District Court Magistrate Dawn White.

A preliminary examination was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. The hearing will take place in 36th District Court. Thomas received a $150,000 bond, cash or surety.

“The alleged facts in this case are appalling,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a press release. “This baby was only in this world for eighteen days. Do I really have to say this? Don’t attempt to care for any infant when you are intoxicated. This shouldn’t happen if a person is ‘a little’ intoxicated. Please don’t do it.”

Thomas’ attorney, Jonathan Simon, could not be reached for comment prior to press time.