Bond hearing continued for woman charged in death of 4-month-old

Posted at 2:35 PM, Dec 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 12:52:50-05

Hampton, Va. - The bond hearing for a Hampton woman who faces a second degree murder charge in the death of a 4-month-old boy has been continued.

Gracielle Garnett was scheduled to attend court for the bond hearing on Monday.

Outside of court, where Gracielle's bond hearing was continued on Monday, Tammy Garnett says her daughter is innocent.

“I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that my daughter would not hurt any child,” Tammy Garnett said. “There is no way. There's absolutely no way and anybody that knows her knows that she's a gentle soul.”

Tammy Garnett says the baby was injured before being dropped off.

Court documents said the autopsy revealed a strong possibility of a previous injury consistent with shaking.

When asked if she believed the injuries that lead to Kyrie’s death were there before, Tammy Garnett said yes.

“Absolutely. My daughter panicked and she called 911 and what you're not being told is my daughter perform CPR on that baby and was able to revive that baby. We need justice for this baby. We want justice for this baby. We want the person--you know you who are--whatever you did to this baby don't let my daughter go to prison for it, because she is innocent,” Garnett said.

A new date for the bond hearing has not been provided at this time. Garnett's preliminary hearing is scheduled in March 2016.

33-year-old Garnett was charged after Kyrie Devon Crooms died on December 6th.

Gracielle Devika Donise Garnett homicide

Gracielle Garnett

Garnett had been babysitting Kyrie since early October 2015, according to a search warrant.

On November 30, Kyrie's mother dropped him off at Garnett's residence on 106 Winchester Drive.

A search warrant says Garnett called Kyrie's mother and told her that Kyrie was breathing "funny."

The mother told Garnett to check on him again. Garnett called back five minutes later and told the baby's mother that he was not breathing.

Garnett called 911. Fire and Rescue units were called to a home in the 100 block of Winchester Drive. Medics found the boy unresponsive and took him to a local hospital while police investigated the incident.

Investigators allege Garnett physically assaulted the baby on November 30 while she and an additional juvenile were in the home.

CT and x-rays results show that Kyrie suffered abusive head trauma, associated with being violently shaken.

Child Protective Services was notified and the children living in the home are currently being cared for by a relative.

Garnett is currently in custody at the Hampton City Jail.


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