Tallahassee woman arrested for murder of 3-year-old

Published: Oct. 20, 2020 at 1:03 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2020 at 9:50 AM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Tallahassee Police Department says it arrested a 23-year-old woman for murder after she hit a 3-year-old child with an object.

Te’Lea Jefferson, 23, was charged with murder and aggravated child abuse, the department says.

TPD says a local hospital contacted them around 7 p.m. Monday about the child’s death. Doctors were told the toddler fell at home; however, the victim’s injuries and evidence at the scene indicated that wasn’t the case, the press release says.

TPD says the probable cause was developed to charge the child’s caretaker in this case for hitting the child with an object, killing them.

WCTV spoke to residents on California Street, where Jefferson lives. TPD did not confirm to WCTV if this was where the incident occurred.

“I just think it is awful. It is just sad,” Bernice Harris says. “They are so defenseless and they can’t help themselves. I just think it is so sad."

Another California Street resident shared a similar sentiment.

“As a father of two kids, of course it is just heartbreaking to have a boy in any circumstance pass away is just really hard to hear,” Youseff Kamal says. “A child, no matter what age they are, to pass away or be abused like that, it is just hard to hear.”

While questions remain, neighbors say they’re hoping for answers soon.

Jefferson’s first court appearance was scheduled for Wednesday morning.

The investigation is still active, TPD says. Anyone with information about the incident is asked tor each out to TPD at 850-891-4200. You can stay anonymous with your tip by calling Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

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