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Cary mother charged in death of 4-month-old son

Posted May 17, 2015

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— A 33-year-old Cary woman was arrested and charged Sunday in connection with the March death of her 4-month-old son, Cary police said.

Shenequa Lashan Walker, of 14301 Praxis Way, is charged with child abuse, willful act or omission causing serious bodily injury and involuntary manslaughter. Walker remained at the Wake County jail Sunday under a $500,000 bond. Her first court appearance is scheduled for Monday morning.

Walker’s son was found unresponsive on March 3 inside the Praxis Way home after she contacted emergency dispatchers, according to a 911 recording.

Walker said she woke up to her son not breathing, "looking coldish" and blood was coming from his nose. The dispatcher directed her to perform CPR on the baby.

Paramedics arrived about seven minutes later. The baby was pronounced dead at the scene.

“While we are relieved that an arrest has been made in the death of baby A.J., the baby’s death is a tragedy,” Cary police Lt. Brian Smith said in a statement. “We appreciate the efforts of those who were involved in investigating this case, and our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.”

Cary police did not release the boy's name or say how he died.


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  • Betsy Mebane May 19, 2015
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    If the father was at work, the other children would not have been put in foster care.

  • Chase Truman May 19, 2015
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    What if he was at work?

  • Betsy Mebane May 19, 2015
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    Where is the father(s) of this child and the women's other children? The child's father should also be charged with abuse since he was not around to protect the child like he should have been! Fathers of children have to accept responsibility for the welfare and upbringing of their children.

  • Derric Fuller May 18, 2015
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    There's a special place for people like you. And no, it's not Heaven...

  • Patrick Demby May 18, 2015
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    Of course, default 'argument'.

    0bama did this and that. Oh yeah!? Well remember Bush!? And Bush Sr?!?!

    But, I'd present this is the long term work of LBJ coming home to roost.

  • Anna Stancil May 18, 2015
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    This story doesn't contain the appropriate information to "hang" this woman, yet. It doesn't indicate cause of death, motive, events that led officer's to believe her guilty of being repsonsible.

  • Richard Trantham May 18, 2015
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    According to democrats, this was Bush's fault....

  • Scott Householder May 17, 2015
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    The article doesn't say WHY she was charged, only that she WAS charged. Where is the rest of the story??

  • Sammy Macloud May 17, 2015
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    Some should NOT procreate! Poor baby....

  • Mark Farmer May 17, 2015
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    Very Sad