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Orange County mom charged with drowning infant; family says she loved boy

Posted July 19

— The family of a woman charged with murder after her 6-week-old son drowned in a pond at a Myrtle Beach outlet mall said she was overwhelmed by the challenges of returning to work as a first-time mom and dealing with an abusive boyfriend.

Jameisha Alexander was seen holding her son, King, near the pond Saturday night by someone who called security. By the time officers arrived, Alexander was gone and the baby was in the water, according to her arrest warrant.

Paramedics tried CPR but the boy died a short time later. Alexander was taken into custody two hours later after being involved in a wreck about 20 miles away, according to a police report.

Alexander, 24, was jailed on a murder charge pending a Tuesday court hearing. The report was partly redacted and police wouldn't discuss why they think she killed her son.

But Alexander's family said she was having a rough time, and while joyous, her son's birth made things tougher.

"She loved that baby with everything she had in her. I think she felt like she just couldn't do it herself," Alexander's mother, Sandra Jones, told The Associated Press by phone from the family's home in Carrboro.

Alexander had taken maternity leave from her job at McDonald's to recover from her cesarean section, and was nervous about returning to work, Jones said.

Jones said her daughter was intensely private and proud, pushing away offers to watch the baby or to get her other help. Jones said she discovered only after her daughter's arrest that Alexander was being seen for depression before and after giving birth.

WRAL spoke with Alexander's grandmother, Melba Jones, who also said her granddaughter loved the baby.

"It is really hard to understand it," Melba Jones said. "Nobody knew what she was going through. We were right here to help her if she has just asked us for help."

Alexander hoped her boyfriend of a year-and-a-half would be more supportive after she got pregnant, but instead he moved her to a filthy home 20 miles from her family and went back to doing drugs and abusing her, Sandra Jones said.

Melba Jones said she did not understand why this happened.

"She just snapped," she said. "We do not know how a person feels in that situation. It's so sad though."


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  • Maureen Mercer Jul 20, 11:38 a.m.
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    May she never have another child.

  • Connie Crawford Jul 20, 8:28 a.m.
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    This is such a sad story. My prayers are for the baby who died so needlessly and for the mother and family involved. I myself can't understand what goes through a person's mind when they feel they have no other choice. Our daughter suffered from postpartum depression after both of her children. Thankfully she got the help she needed and no harm came to her babies or her. Our daughter also knew the Lord and had the power of prayer from us that saw what was going on and made sure she got the help she needed. Her children are now 5 and 3 and our daughter is doing great. We can not judge that is only by our God.

  • Brandi Gaenzle Jul 20, 6:37 a.m.
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    I'm 26 and a single mom of one and have been doing it own my own since she was born. There is absolutely NO excuse for killing an innocent child. Can't do it on your own. Give the child up for adoption. There are plenty of other options besides killing a child. No matter how you try to sugar coat this... There is no making what she did excusable! Off to prison.

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Jul 19, 11:56 p.m.
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    Glad she doesn't love me, sorry, but this is just plain evil, I don't care what nametag you try to put on it. (Dan)

  • Erika Phipps Jul 19, 7:45 p.m.
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    There is no excuse for killing a child, to those of us capable of rational thought. But IF this young woman has been trying to manage while suffering severe postpartum depression, she might have had what she mistakenly believed were good reasons. And if this is the case, imagine the h*** she'll endure when she gets help and recovers from the depression. I'm not saying prison isn't reasonable, but I hope this reminds everyone to give time and attention to new mothers. Even mild postpartum depression can feel paralyzing, but in extreme cases, it can be lethal.

  • Timmy Strickland Jul 19, 5:18 p.m.
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    maybe some time in prison, she will get the help she needs