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Police charge mom who smothered second baby

Posted April 9, 2010
Updated April 10, 2010

— A Dunn woman who accidentally suffocated two infants in less than four years has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Destiny Tequita Judd, 23, of Sawyer Circle, was arrested Tuesday and was being held in the Harnett County jail under a $100,000 bond.

Judd's 7-week-old daughter, Jordan, died Dec. 26. An autopsy determined that the infant was asphyxiated when she was pinned between her mother and the back of a couch.

Judd told WRAL News last month that she curled up with Jordan on the couch. The baby was against the back of the couch, and Judd was facing her so the baby wouldn't roll off onto the floor, she said.

When she awoke, however, she found that she had rolled over, and her back was up against the baby and the back of the couch.

Dunn Police Chief B.P. Jones said officers and Department of Social Services staff had warned Judd previously against sleeping with young children because she had smothered another infant.

On Oct. 11, 2006, Judd accidentally suffocated her 5-week-old son, Zykeise, when he was trapped behind her on a couch, according to an autopsy report.

Judd maintained that no one ever told her that sleeping on a couch with children was dangerous, noting she has always let her children sleep in bed with her.

Judd has two other children, ages 6 and 2.

Her first court appearance was set for April 27.


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  • input Apr 9, 2010

    This woman is a couch potato living off the system. Put her in prision and we will still pay the bill, however she will not be able to KILL another child.

  • celong Apr 9, 2010

    Can you say birth control?

  • lorivalentine1 Apr 9, 2010

    Umm.. I see no racist comments on here.. All I see is outraged people at the ignorance of a baby killer. No way this was an accident. Hope she gets what she deserves in jail ...

  • Leftwing Apr 9, 2010

    Top Darwin Award Winner here. Poor children.

  • robjustrob Apr 9, 2010

    Negligent homicide, involuntary manslaughter at the very least. You can't call this an accident twice. Please, let justice be done.

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Apr 9, 2010

    People like this use the death of children as a sympathy card. She only wants the attention and probably did it because enough people weren't "paying her no mind".

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Apr 9, 2010

    Nikka..I hope you are joking! This is not an accident! She even told the neighbor she was worried it would happen again. This was set up long before it occured. She was prepping the witnesses!

  • Pseudonym Apr 9, 2010

    Quote from Oreally: " In an interview she said these things happen but God is good and is full of mercy."

    This made me think of 1 Timothy 5:8: " But if someone does not provide for his own, especially his own family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

  • WRALblows Apr 9, 2010

    "I'm appalled at the racist comments on here about this poor woman. Hasn't she suffered enough already?"

    Absolutely not.

  • WRALblows Apr 9, 2010

    "This was a tragic accident but by no means criminal... accidents are not criminal acts."

    Such an opinion displays pure ignorance.