Horry County police on Monday charged a North Carolina woman with murdering her 6-week-old son, who drowned Saturday night at a pond outside the Tanger Outlet Stores in Carolina Forest.
Jameisha Ka’Tara Alexander, 24, of Carrboro, North Carolina, was arrested after she wrecked her car near Aynor nearly two hours after her son was pulled from the water, according to police records.
The baby, King Khalil Jair Alexander, was found in the pond late Saturday night at the shopping center off U.S. 501, said Horry County Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden.
The boy drowned around 9:45 p.m. Saturday, according to a police report. The boy was found lying on PVC drainage pipes with his face in the water. A security guard pulled the child from the water and emergency crews gave the baby CPR, but it was too late.
Although much of the police report has been redacted, witnesses told officers they had seen a woman holding the child near the pond. A description of the woman went out to surrounding police agencies.
Around 11:30 p.m., Jameisha Alexander was involved in a wreck at the intersection of Bill Jones Road and U.S. 501, the report said. By the time she was transported for medical treatment, police thought she might be the suspect.
An arrest warrant says the mother never tried to contact authorities in the two hours after her son’s death.