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Nash Co. mom charged with murder

Posted June 6, 2008

— A Nashville mother was arrested for first-degree murder in the death of her child Thursday.

Nash County sherrif's officers reported that Latonya Smith admitted to abusing her 23-month-old daughter, Mikayla Manning.

Medical personnel called authorities Thursday afternoon after Mikayla was brought to Pitt Memorial Hospital with a skull fracture and other injuries. The child later died of her injuries and charges were brought against the mother.

Smith was being held without bond.


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  • agricon3 Jun 6, 2008

    Everyone says adoption for these children. Have you tried? My sis did and dss brought a baby boy for 3 day stay. They loved it wanted to move forward. The mom refused and after several weeks tested clean for drugs. Approximately 5 weeks later dss calls sis and asks if they are still interested in same baby. They try again and you guessed it about 4 weeks into process biological mom tests clean and gets baby back. Poor baby and our society wants it this way.

  • parr4246 Jun 6, 2008

    "Smith was being held without bond."

    as she should be.......................anyone who causes the death of their own child should go straight to death row....!!!

  • pwilliamson53 Jun 6, 2008

    Hasn't anyone ever heard of adoption? If you can't handle your child, deal with the stress of a child, for heaven sake give it up. That child didn't ask to be brought into this world. Bless her heart she is better off, least she's not suffering at the hands of the bearer of life to her. This woman doesn't deserve the term "Mother." I hope she rots. No pity for her in these eyes.

  • Just the facts mam Jun 6, 2008

    What kind of culture do these people live in where a mother can cause injuries to her own child to the point where the child dies? Unbelievable...

  • prayin4tr Jun 6, 2008

    You took the words right out of my mouth scubagirl. My first thought was what the heck.

  • Scubagirl Jun 6, 2008

    Reading the news is becomming so much more depressing.....what the hey is going on w/ our society. I just don't get it. maybe i'm too old and never will. So sad for the child, at least she's not suffering any longer. (Please don't blast me for that comment as I do feel it would be much better if child was still alive only not w/ mom-at least mom can't hurt her any more)