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Some Say Child's Death was not Only Abuse He Suffered

Posted September 20, 1996 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Some people are revealing past suspicions they had about the woman charged in connection with the strangulation death of her 8-year-old son.

Relatives, acquaintances and Justin Reese's school principal say Keturah Reese often reacted angrily to her third-grade son. Some family and friends even report seeing evidence of physical abuse, including bruises and welts.

There are reports that the boy's school stopped calling the mother in for conferences when they had trouble with Justin, because they feared the way she treated him at those times.

Authorities haved now charged Keturah Reese with first degree murder. The Harnett County mother faced a judge Thursday and he sent her to the county jail without bond.

Investigators say the mother drove her son to a cotton field and strangled him in the car. They have not mentioned a motive, but have said they think the act was premeditated.

Harnett County Sheriff Larry Knott says they have determined quite a bit about how it happened, if not why.

Investigators matched tire tracks at the murder scene with those on the mother's car.