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Father relieved, saddened over arrest of mother in Cary baby's death

Posted May 19, 2015

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— The father of a 4-month-old found dead in Cary says he is relieved and saddened over the arrest of the baby's mother.

Kenneth Lacy, who lives in Florida, said he learned about his son's death through a friend.

"It's like my heart is cold. My heart is cold," he said. "And what makes it even colder is that the day that I met my son was on his deathbed."

Shenequa Lashan Walker, 33, was arrested and charged Sunday with child abuse - willful act or omission causing serious bodily injury and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Antonio Jones.

Jones was found unresponsive on March 3 inside Walker's 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 bleeding 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.

Lacy said he doesn't know what happened to the child but said he contacted child protective services while the couple lived in Florida because he believed Walker was going to work at night and leaving the children unattended.

The estranged couple also have a 2-year-old son who has been in foster care in North Carolina since Jones' death. Lacy said he is trying to get custody of the child.

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  • John Barbara May 20, 2015
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    @Angie Cox, typical, try to blame the father. Courts bend over backwards to ensure women have custody, regardless of her alcohol/drug/criminal/mental health issues and groups like Interact go into overdrive to ensure the father is restricted to either no visitation or supervised even if they have to fabricate a case against him. Yet when the birth mother is a dangerous whackjob all of a sudden you blame the father? They were living in FLA, you have no clue as to why she came here to NC. If he had come here, hired an attorney and fought for custody or even mere visitation the courts would have aided her in blocking him. Even with her leaving the children unattended at night, CPS knows the Wake DA would never have charged her with abuse or negligence or anything else. Welcome to reality. The only time the Wake DA charges the birth mother with a crime against the child is when there is a dead body or a television camera involved.

  • Kelly West May 20, 2015
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    Hang on a second, don't berate this father without more information. Did you consider that perhaps he just found out that he was the father? Yes, he and the mother share another child but let's look at the info that we have from the story. Dad's last name is Lacy, mom's last name is Walker and baby's last name is Jones. While it is completely legal to give your child any name you please, whether it be yours, the father's or some random combo (lest we forget the dinner scene from Father of the Bride 2 where they considered giving the child the last name Zankman as some weird combo of their last names). Consider for a moment that he thought someone else was the father and DNA testing just proved otherwise and he hadn't had the opportunity to meet his child yet.

  • Jacquelyn Carr May 20, 2015
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    Absolutely disgusted.... put her under the jail!

  • Angie Cox May 20, 2015
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    what a terrible Dad. where were you? the first time you son your son was on his deathbed. wow! after four months? how pathetic!

  • Patrick Demby May 19, 2015
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    This story contains all kinds of examples of what is wrong with segments of society today. Such a shame an innocent child had to pay for it.