- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville mother has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in the suffocation death of her 7-month-old son.

Multiple news outlets report 23-year-old Jennifer Manuel was charged Thursday. Manuel has been confined to the psychological unit at a local hospital, but was discharged Thursday to officers.

Manuel and her husband, 28-year-old Kenneth Laizure, are accused of killing their son, Constantine Laizure, who died May 19. Laizure was arrested May 21.

Investigators say the baby was left in a child carrier in a home with a pillow and blanket wedged between his face and a car seat handle to silence his crying. He was brought to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in cardiac arrest.

It is unclear if Manuel and Laizure have lawyers.


This story has been corrected to show the last name of the woman charged is Manuel, not Manual.

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