Police reveal list of calls to house where 2-year-old died - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Police reveal list of calls to house where 2-year-old died

(Source: Family) (Source: Family)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Police responded to 36 calls in the past two years, and EMS has been called 16 times to the home where a two-year-old died on Saturday.

Police say they responded to two armed party calls, three disturbances, two loose dog calls, 12 domestic violence calls, one 911 hang-up call, one missing person call, one possible attempted suicide call, two suspicious person calls, one theft, one vandalism, two woundings, and three crime scene calls.  Police also say the fire department was called eight times.

A Department of Children's Services spokesman told WMC Action News 5 that it has a three-year history with Raven Campbell, the mother of the 2-year-old. Further information about that investigation cannot be released, because the investigation involves a child.

Raven Campbell, 19, is charged with child abuse and neglect after her 2-year-old son, Jermyle, died on Sunday.

Campbell went before a Shelby County judge on Monday morning. The judge continued her case until June 22 to give her time to find an attorney. She remains in jail without bond. Tuesday, her charges were upgraded to two counts of first degree murder in perpetration of a felony.

Police have yet to reveal the cause of the baby's death, but a court affidavit revealed that the boy's mother admitted to police that she put her child under a mattress for several minutes.

A woman claiming to be a family member told a WMC Action News 5 reporter that the family had a history of problems before the boy died.

All of this begs the question: Could the state have done more to save this child's life, and did the Department of Children Services fail?

“I would say that we have to work with families in a way that is based on the allegations and conditions of a family,” said Rob Johnson of DCS.

Barbara King of the Family Exchange Center works with families and child abuse cases in Memphis. She says she cannot discuss the case, but spoke about the importance of reporting abuse.

“It could've been prevented,” King said. “Anyone who suspects it has to report it to the Department of Children Services. Plus, it's not just legally but it's also morally and ethically right.”

Raven Campbell is due back in court on Monday.

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