Tragic Case: Mother Charged with Murder in Beating Death of 6-Year-Old Daughter

In a heartbreaking incident, a 23-year-old mother from the Bronx has been accused of murder in connection with the brutal beating death of her 6-year-old daughter. The incident occurred on May 26, 2023, inside their apartment at NYCHA’s Forest Houses, according to authorities.

The mother, Lynija Eason-Kumar, initially claimed to police that she found her daughter, Jalayah Eason, cold and unresponsive inside a closet in their apartment on East 165th Street. She stated that she attempted CPR, but Jalayah did not regain consciousness.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrived shortly after and rushed Jalayah to Lincoln Medical Center, but tragically, she could not be saved. The young girl succumbed to asphyxia and blunt force injuries, confirmed by police.

Neighbors reported hearing Jalayah scream for her life during the early-morning beating, indicating a disturbing and violent altercation. Police sources revealed that there had been previous reports of domestic violence at the family’s residence.

Tragic Case: Mother Charged with Murder in Beating Death of 6-Year-Old Daughter

This tragic incident isn’t isolated, as Eason-Kumar has faced allegations of harming her other two children, an 8-year-old boy, and a 3-year-old girl. Reports indicate that both children had visible injuries, including cuts, scars, and rashes, when police visited the home on May 26.

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The criminal complaint related to the case described the home as filthy and infested with insects, highlighting the dire living conditions the children were subjected to.

As the investigation unfolds, Eason-Kumar faces serious charges, including manslaughter, in addition to the murder charge. Her arraignment is pending, leaving the community shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of Jalayah’s young life.

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