Mother charged in death of 1-month-old boy

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 7, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 8 at 5:27 PM

Update: The affidavit for the search warrant states that Keisha Holmes called 911 from her cell phone and told dispatch she smothered her 1-month-old with a pillow.

Detectives seized evidence from the home including a black zippie bag with a purple pouch, assorted papers, ID cards, $5 in cash, a key with the #15 on it, a cell phone and charger and two empty prescription bottles.

PORTSMOUTH--Police have charged a woman with the murder of her one-month-old boy.

36-year-old Keisha Christina Holmes was arrested Wednesday following the death of her son.

Authorities were called to 202 Woodstock Street just before 1:00 p.m. about an infant not breathing. Medics tried but failed to revive the baby boy. 

Police say an autopsy determined the little boy had been smothered.

Holmes is charged with 1st degree murder.

Det. Jan Clark told WVEC.com that investigators are still interviewing everyone who was in and around the home yesterday.

Holmes has a preliminary hearing set for September 23, according to officials with Portsmouth Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

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