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Child Abuse

Mom found pushing dead child in swing indicted

Mom found pushing dead child in swing indicted

LaPLATA, Md. (AP) — A Maryland woman who was found pushing her dead son in a playground swing earlier this year has been indicted and charged with manslaughter and child abuse, authorities announced Monday.

At an arraignment Monday in Charles County Circuit Court, prosecutors said Romechia Simms, 24, of LaPlata, spent two entire days in a LaPlata playground pushing her 3-year-old son, Ji'Aire Donnell Lee.

Authorities say Lee died of dehydration and low body temperature while he was in the swing. Medical examiners ruled the death a homicide.

At Monday's arraignment, Simms objected when prosecutors declared her a danger and a flight risk, according to Kristen...