Mother charged with murder, drowns young son in mall pond after ‘struggling to return to work’

A young mother has been charged with murdering her six-week-old son, who was found drowned in a pond at a North Carolina shopping mall.

Jameisha Alexander, 24, was arrested on Monday after a security guard found her baby, King Khalil Jair Alexander, face down in the water at the Tanger Outlets near Myrtle Beach.

Her mother, Sandra Jones, had claimed the baby’s father was abusive and did not support Alexander.

She said her daughter was being treated for depression before and after her son’s birth.

Ms Jones, from Carrboro, said: ‘She loved that baby with everything she had in her. I think she felt like she just couldn’t do it herself.’

A mugshot of Alexander, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, was released by Horry County Sheriff's Office. She has been charged with murdering her six-week-old baby King 

Family members said Alexander was overwhelmed by the challenges of being a mother, returning to work and dealing with an abusive boyfriend.

Alexander was seen holding her son near the pond Saturday night by someone who called security.

When security guards arrived Alexander had gone and the baby was in the water.

Paramedics tried CPR but the boy died a short time later.

The child was found face down in a pond at the Tanger Outlets (pictured) near Myrtle Beach, North Carolina

Alexander was arrested two hours later after her car crashed about 20 miles away, according to a police report.

Ms Jones said her daughter had taken maternity leave from her job at McDonald’s to recover from a cesarean section, and was nervous about returning to work.

She said her daughter was intensely private and proud, pushed away offers to watch the baby or to get help.

Jameisha Alexander (pictured) had been struggling with depression but her mother said she was a very proud and private person who did not seek out help

King’s grandmother said she only discovered about her daughter’s depression problems after she was arrested.

Ms Jones said Alexander had hoped her boyfriend would be more supportive after she got pregnant but he moved her into a filthy home 20 miles from her family and dabbled in drugs.

Alexander’s grandmother, Melba Jones, broke down in tears as she told reporters: ‘All she had to do was talk to me. I always take in whoever needs help.

‘I guess she just felt like nobody cared, when you get to that point…,’ she said, collapsing into sobs.

Source: The DailyMail

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