A woman from North Carolina was found guilty of murder after her infant son died from starvation and his twin was on the verge of death. A mother could be sentenced to the death penalty or life in prison.
Son Starves To Death; Twin Is Discovered “Nearly Dead”
A 24-year-old mother, Tamiya Tashaun Tomlin, has been charged with child abuse and murder and may be facing the death penalty or life in prison after starving one of her 5-month-old sons to death and the other being found “near death”, according to a Law & Crime review.
On Christmas Day in 2022, Tomlin called 911 when she woke up and found out that one of her twins was not breathing. Officials took the twins to the hospital. One of the twins was dead upon arrival. While the surviving twin was reportedly malnourished and suffering from a low heart rate and hypothermia. The report says that both of the twins were born prematurely and weighed only 4.5 pounds each, with THC in their system. After five months, both of the twins weighed only 5 pounds; they had only gained 0.5 pounds since their birth.
Investigators at Tomlin’s residence documented the scene and found that there was minimal food in the home, no fresh formula, and all the milk was spoiled. Tomlin was visibly upset and sobbing while the prosecution explained the conditions inside her home.
Charges Against Tamiya Tashaun Tomlin
An autopsy determined that one of the twins causes of death was malnourishment and starvation, as well as a low heart rate and hypothermia. The mother of twins was taken into custody on December 28, 2022, and charged with two counts of felony child abuse resulting serious injuries, with a total of $500,000 secured bond, the Guilford County Jail said.
On Monday, Tomlin was charged with one count of first-degree murder in her infant son’s death. During bond hearing, the presiding judge explained that if Tomlin convicted of first-degree murder, she will be facing either death penalty or life in prison. Court order for Tomlin’s detention without bond until her trial. Tomlin is expected to make another court appearance on August 22.