Autopsy: Fayetteville girl died from malnutrition, abuse
Posted April 25
Fayetteville, N.C. — A 3-year-old Fayetteville girl died of pneumonia after suffering malnutrition, neglect and sexual abuse, according to an autopsy report released Monday.
Jourdin A'Legacy Smith died at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center after authorities received a report of an unresponsive child at 520 Regency Drive on Dec. 1, 2015.
Her parents, Jamarkus Meshawn Smith, 26, and Octavia Bennett-Smith, 27, were charged with first-degree murder after detectives received the girl's autopsy report from the medical examiner, which ruled the death as a homicide, officials said. Smith was already in custody under a $3 million bond, and Bennett-Smith was arrested at her residence and is being held without bond.
Jamarkus Smith was previously charged with two counts of first-degree statutory sexual offense, two counts of indecent liberties with a child and felony child abuse, according to previous reports.
The couple’s arrest prompted police to review a child death investigation from February 2014 that occurred at the home and involved the same parents. That death was initially ruled to be a case of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.