NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New York City woman has been arrested and charged in the death of her 5-year-old son.

Police charged 21-year-old Kim Crawford with murder and manslaughter. It was not immediately clear if she had a lawyer.

Police said they found her son, Jamar Johnson, unconscious and not breathing at her Bronx home.

According to The New York Times, police said he had been struck several times in the torso. It said the medical examiner’s office said an autopsy had revealed internal abdominal injuries.

A city Administration for Children’s Services spokesman told the Times it was investigating the death and that Crawford’s other child was in its care.

Authorities said Crawford has had at least two previous arrests, one for assault and another for drug possession.

If convicted, what is the a[propriate punishment in this case? Sound off in our comments section below…

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Comments (11)
  1. Debbie Paesano says:

    Different papers tell these stories differently, or leave out some fact, like she had another child besides Jamar. This fact wasn’t mentioned in the NY post. Regardless, she committed a crime, and now needs to pay the price.

  2. The Facts says:

    Sad. Why were any children left in the care of this junkie? The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) has proven time after time to be next to useless. There appears to be no accountability. Better to disband it and start from scratch with trained and competent personnel.

  3. brooklyn4ever says:

    When this occurs, these women should be sterilized so that they can no longer bring a life into this world. Unfortunately though, it can only be done after they are found guilty. First stop after the cavity prison sarch is the hospital prison where the doctors are waiting. I can’t even imagine the hell that these children have to live thru.

  4. ddeborah says:

    i say let that b@$% go to jail for life and let her get anything else she has coming to her. She wont make it in jail and with any luck wont make it out of jail

  5. Genka Blyat Sukha says:

    Another good reason for the “Death Penalty” for murder!

  6. Barbara C. says:

    Wow that is a shame. If you can not handle 1 child why get pregnant & have another one. Throw the dam book at her! Mainly because there are so many different organization and assistance out there that she could have requested help from. What about her family, the child’s father where is he?

  7. Veryconservative says:

    Why can’t most black (and even white like my self) people be like Michael Jordan and Morgan Freeman? Very civilized, intelligent, and of course respectable. And never heard either of them politicize their race.

    1. Sick of the Sillyness says:

      There are just so many upstanding white citizens out here now a’days…give me a break.

    2. T.C. Mits says:

      Most black people are civilized, intelligent and respectable. It just so happens that when a crime is committed, the first thing noticed in the write-up is the race of the perpetrator. Did you read about the massacre in the drug store in NY? 4 people dead for no reason. Suspect is white. But, in spite of that, most white people are civilized, intelligent and respectable. (Although it would be hard to tell from some of the posts.) BTW, Michael Jordan and Morgan Freeman are only two people.

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  8. Harlem Going HAM says:

    Sad story. A baby trying to take care a baby.

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