Nashville mom charged with murder in infant son’s death

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville mother was arrested Thursday on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in the suffocation death of her 7-month-old son.

Jennifer Manuel, 23, was discharged from the psychological unit of a local hospital to awaiting officers.

She and her husband, 28-year-old Kenneth Laizure, are accused of killing baby Constantine Laizure on May 19.

The investigation began the day before after 911 received a call that the baby wasn’t breathing.

Authorities said bruises and marks of injuries were found on his body and he was in cardiac arrest.

Investigators determined that while Constantine was in a car seat inside his home, a pillow and blanket were wedged between his face and the car seat in effort to silence his cries.

The child is believed to have been left in that way for about one hour before he was found unresponsive.

Authorities said the 7-month-old also had fractured ribs in various stages of healing. They believe both parents took part in various acts of abuse during the child’s brief life.

Metro police said both Laizure and Manuel are also investigation for abusing their 3-year-old daughter. She was reportedly found severely malnourished and is currently in the custody of the Department of Children’s Services.

Laizure was arrested on May 21 and remains jailed in lieu of $750,000 bond.

Manuel is being held in lieu of $600,000 bond.

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