A 22-year-old old Murfreesboro mother was indicted by a Rutherford County grand jury Wednesday morning in the death of her young daughter. Lakeenta Henry was indicted on charges of aggravated child endangerment, aggravated child neglect and felony murder for the death of her 13-month-old daughter Ke'Zaria Henry last November. Nashville's News 2 spoke with several neighbors at the Venture Pointe Apartments on Mercury Boulevard where the young mother lived.
All of them said they were stunned to learn of the incident. "I used to see her and the baby and a man walking around," Geraldine Cuthbert said. "I am just shocked, just really shocked." Another neighbor, who did not want to be identified, told Nashville's News 2 she remembers Henry crying for help last fall, frantically saying several times, "I think my baby is dying."
The neighbor said she called 911 for Henry, but after the baby left in an ambulance, she never came home.
An obituary found online from a Shelbyville funeral home for the baby said she died on November 16th.
The child's cause of death was not released.A Tennessee Department of Childrens Services (DCS) spokesperson said it opened up an investigation of the baby's death on November 16th after it died.
DCS said the investigation is now closed following the arrest and indictment of Henry.
The spokesperson for the DCS said it still has "an open custodial case" involving a sibling of Ke'Zaria's who was also living with the young mother.
Murfreesboro Police, who investigated the child's death along with DCS assistance, have not commented.
Henry was taken into police custody this morning and was booked into the Rutherford County jail on a $50,000 bond. She is scheduled to be arraigned on May 20.
441 Murfreesboro Road Nashville, TN 37210