Portsmouth mother charged with first-degree murder in 1-month-old’s death

Posted at 11:06 AM, Aug 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-08 19:28:31-04

Portsmouth, Va. - A Portsmouth mother faces first-degree murder charges after the death of her 1-month-old baby boy on Wednesday.

Police arrested and charged 36-year-old Keisha Christina Holmes Wednesday evening after searching the home following the boy's death.

Police and medics received an emergency call from a home on Woodstock Street around 12:54 on Wednesday that said the boy was not breathing.

Keisha C. Holmes

Keisha C. Holmes

Medics attempted to resuscitate the infant, but were unsuccessful.  He was pronounced dead at 1:29 P.M.  The body was taken to the Norfolk Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy which found the boy died as a result of asphyxiation.

Holmes is currently in the custody of the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office.

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