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Grandmother, mom charged in death of 3-week-old girl

PamelDavis / phofrom Cook County Sheriff's Dept.

Pamela Davis / photo from Cook County Sheriff's Dept.

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Updated: August 21, 2012 9:23PM

The grandmother of a three-week-old girl was charged with suffocating the newborn after she and the girl’s 14-year-old mother allegedly muffled the baby’s whimpers as they hid from another relative and police, Cook County prosecutors said.

Pamela Davis admitted she covered Emonie Beasley-Brown’s mouth and showed her son’s teenage girlfriend how to do it as they hid in a basement crawlspace in her home, in the 5900 block of South Loomis.

Emonie’s mother had come to Davis’ home with the baby Aug. 13 after she got into a fight with her mother and ran away, assistant state’s attorney Wendy Caceres said. The next day the newborn’s maternal grandmother came looking for the pair at Davis’ house. She kept knocking on the door but no one would answer, so she came back with police, prosecutors said.

That’s when prosecutors said Davis, 39, told her son and Emonie’s mother to take the baby and hide in the crawlspace. Davis also told them to barricade the door so police couldn’t get in, Caceres said.

While they were in the crawlspace, Davis allegedly showed Emonie’s mother how to cover the baby’s mouth to keep her quiet and watched as the teenage girl pressed her hand across the baby’s mouth.

Davis left the crawlspace for awhile but when she came back in, she kneed Emonie in the head, Caceres said. When all four eventually came out, Emonie was unresponsive and had blood all over her face, Caceres said.

Three days later, Emonie died at University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.

Davis, who was arrested on Monday, allegedly admitted she put her hands over the child’s mouth to keep police from hearing the baby. She was ordered held on $250,000 bail Tuesday for endangering the life of a child and causing her death.

Emonie’s mother was also charged as a juvenile in connection to her daughter’s death.

Davis has a prior misdemeanor conviction for endangering the life of a child and was ordered to undergo 18 months of court supervision, Caceres said.

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services spokesman Jimmie Whitelow said last week that the agency had previously investigated “credible allegations” that the baby’s mother had been abused as a minor.

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