Police Make Arrest Following Death Of Woman, Toddler In North Bay Shore Home

BAY SHORE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police in Suffolk County have made an arrest following the deaths of a woman and a toddler whose bodies were found inside their North Bay Shore home.

The bodies of Shakeela Planter, 21, and 2-year-old Jaiden Planter were found in different rooms of their basement apartment on South Cardinal Court Friday evening.

Planter’s body was discovered after she hadn’t shown up for work at Huntington Hospital for a few days, prompting her landlord to check on her.

“The female was stabbed a number of times. The baby was viciously beaten. The baby was ultimately put in the plastic bag and put in the freezer. Female was bound and wrapped and left on the bed,” said Suffolk County Det. Lt. Gerard Pelkofsky.

The murders happened inside this home in the basement apartment sometime around December 18th.  That’s when police say the suspect Jerry A. Lewis went to his sister’s house in New Jersey, then trekked back this way to the Tanker Mall in the victim’s car, ditched it and hopped a bus to Washington, DC.

On Monday, Suffolk County Homicide Detectives squad arrested Jerry A. Lewis, 24, in Laurel, Maryland. Lewis faces 2nd Degree Murder charges.

“My detectives responded to Maryland on Christmas Eve, late in the night, drove down, questioned the suspect and ultimately placed him under arrest – worked 24 hours a day,” said Pelkofsky.

He’s being held in Laurel and will be extradited to Suffolk County later.

north bay shore homicide investigation Police Make Arrest Following Death Of Woman, Toddler In North Bay Shore Home

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Police say he confessed to killing Planter and her 2-year-old son.

Lewis has no previous criminal history and there were no reports of domestic abuse between him and Planter. Lewis lived there with his victims for the past four months.

He and Planter used to date but police said that relationship had fallen apart.

Authorities don’t yet have a motive for the killings.

Neighbors said they were relieved the alleged killer was behind bars Monday.

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  1. cshel5 says:

    I hope everyone realizes that this man just came here two years ago after living his entire life in Haiti. This young mother and child would still be alive otherwise!

  2. kim green says:

    its really hard especially when its someone that you know, it hurts so bad…its like we r still in disbelief but may their souls rest in peace…and that dummy that is talking about the stupid game, u r such a nincompoop.

  3. Guy who once saw Lyle Alzado at Newark Airport says:

    In more important news, Rangers win again. Now first in Eastern Conference and tied with Chicago for first overall. Though probably won’t last for long as Blackhawks are currently beating crumby Blue Jackets 3-0 through 2 periods tonight.

    1. James says:

      Wow! A game is more important news to you than the loss of 2 innocent lives. It must be because this mother was black. You stupid SOB!!

    2. LOVE EVERYONE says:

      even though you might think your comment was funny it was not. funny thing, karma eventually will come around and you better hope it has mercy on you. your comment has been noted and filed. have a good day RANGER FAN

    3. Brenda says:

      YOU are a perfect example of whats wrong in our country…a GAME, YOUR idea of entertainment is more important then the life of a woman and her child, YOUR fellow human beings…REALLY? SHAME ON YOU

  4. trice310 says:

    this Dante fellow sounds like a complete idiot, did we read the same story where it said she hadn’t shown up for work for several days..doesn’t sound like YOUR tax dollars were supporting her..

    1. Semper Fo says:

      thank you Trice…you took the words right outta my mouth

    2. HOPE says:

      THIS DANTE FELLOW IS A COLD HEARTLESS PERSON….REAL MEAN AND IGNORANT..I WOULD NOT EVEN GIVE HIM THE TIME OF DAY WITH A DIGNIFIED ANSWER….WOW CAN’T BELIEVE HE EVEN WROTE THAT….REALLY COLS AND HEARTLESS…A MOTHER AND A CHILD WAS KILLED AND THAT’S ALL HE COULD SAY, HE NEED PRAYERS…

    3. Very conservative says:

      Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  5. thor's hammer says:

    how not surprised are we. history sadly repeats itself too often. this lowlife is a coward. please don’t put him in “protective custody” when he returns to new york. women in questionable relationships – for your own good, but especially if you have children. do no risk their/your safety just to have someone in your life. if “as ye sow, so shall ye reap” is true, it’s harvest time for this sorry excuse for oxygen consumption on our planet.

  6. Walt Miller says:

    Too bad NY does not have the death penalty. People who kill a mother and a child should NOT exist on earth….they should be sent to God ASAP for their final judgment….and we should expedite that meeting !!!!!!

    1. geeare says:

      Very nicely put !!

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