OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. – She’s facing charges of killing her 2-year-old stepson. A 28-year-old woman from Olive Branch could face the death penalty if she is convicted of capital murder.
Last month, police said they got a 911 call that a child was unresponsive. The child was eventually taken to Le Bonheur Hospital where he died of what investigators now call “severe and suspicious” injuries.
DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion told WREG, “At Le Bonheur, basically the child had to be taken off life support. We were called in on it and began working with the Olive Branch Police.”
Olive Branch Police Chief Don Gammage told WREG that Redman had only been married to the boy’s father for two weeks.
“These injuries are severe. You’re talking about a two-year-old boy who’s pretty much defenseless. He’s helpless. It’s pretty bad,” said Gammage.“I looked at the autopsy report. It was if not the worst, one of the worst I’ve seen.”
The father also has a 7-year-old child who lived with him but is now in the care of other family members..
Redman’s attorney told WREG, “This is obviously a tragic death of a two-year-old child that she deeply loved and cared for and that tragedy was not at her hands. We have our own investigation that we will be prepared to present at the appropriate time, which we firmly believe will shed light on underlying facts and exonerate her.”
Redman is currently being held at the Desoto County Jail without bond and will go to court Tuesday.