Criminal Lawyer in Maryland: Woman Accused of Killing, Burying Baby in Park Sentenced to 10 Years Suspended


A woman charged in March with killing and secretly burying her one-month-old son in Druid Hill Park pled guilty and was sentenced on January 19th to a suspended sentence of ten years in prison. Twenty-nine-year-old Lakesha Haynie was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, but had originally been chared with first-degree murder and child abuse following the death of her son Rajahnthon.

According to court records, Haynie's four other children had been removed from her home due to neglect, and she avoided delivering Rajahnthon in a hospital for fear she would lose custody of the baby. A prosecutor's account to Baltimore Circuit Judge Charles J. Peters after "extensive negotiations" with the defendant's Maryland criminal lawyer indicated that Haynie confessed the details of the boy's death to his father Soleme Smith, admitting to having accidentally suffocated the child while covering his mouth to stop his crying. Haynie lead Smith to her son's shallow grave in the park, removing and cradling the boy's body before reburying him.

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