Mother faces upgraded charges after death of 2-year-old son - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mother faces upgraded charges after death of 2-year-old son

(Source: SCSO) (Source: SCSO)

A woman accused of injuring and intentionally placing her 2-year-old son underneath a mattress faces upgraded charges of first degree murder in perpetration of a felony.

Police and fire investigators responded to Raven Campbell's home on Fairoaks Avenue Saturday when they received a call that her 2-year-old child, Jermyle, was not breathing. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition where he later died.

Campbell, 19, later told police that she intentionally placed Jermyle underneath a mattress for 20 to 30 minutes, and when she lifted the mattress, he wasn't breathing. She also said she was responsible for bite and scratch marks on his body.

“When a child dies as a result of abuse or neglect, there's nothing more sad,” said Virginia Stallworth from the Memphis Child Advocacy Center.

Police say they responded to calls at Campbell's house 36 times before Saturday's incident, including 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.  EMS responded 16 times, including eight calls to the fire department.

An anonymous family member told WMC Action News 5, "She used to pop him, whip him with extension cords and make him go to sleep,"

This family member said she tried to get custody of the boy in the past.

Court records show several family members tried to remove the boy from the mom's care, but the cases were dismissed.

In one petition, the boy's grandmother, Jacqueline Campbell said, "The mother leaves the home and won't return for days at a time."

The family also has a history with the Department of Children's Services.

Virginia Stallworth is the Executive Director of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. She wants everyone to understand the importance of reporting abuse. Her center is having a flag raising ceremony Monday for Jerymle.

“To issue a call to everyone in our community, that we all have a role to play in keeping kids safe,” said Stallworth.

Campbell is charged with first degree murder in perpetration of aggravated child abuse and first degree murder in perpetration of aggravated child neglect.

She is in jail without bond.

To report instances of child abuse or neglect, you can call the Department of Children's Services at 877-237-0004.

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