WATCH: Mother, Nicole Curry, talks about drowning of son, Jermaine Johnson Jr
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI – FOX2now.com)— Tears fall freely as Nicole Curry recalls her youngest child, 18-month old Jermane Johnson Junior. “My baby was a happy baby. He loved running and playing,” she said Sunday as she sat in a park in South St. Louis. (read the original post here)
The toddler drowned while playing with his five-year old aunt at his grandmother’s home in Kansas City June 3rd. Police said the five-year old told social workers she intentionally drowned her nephew in the bathtub because he “cried too much.” Curry doesn’t believe her young sister knew what she was doing. She suspects her son cried because he did not like water in his face.
“I just want people to know it was an accident. I know what happened. I know in my heart what happened,” the young single parent said. Jermane had been staying with his grandmother while his mother began a new job in St. Louis on the night shift. There were seven children in the home that night; the oldest was Curry’s 16-year old sister who has some mental disabilities and was caring for two infants as well as the four older children. Curry’s own mother had left to pick up a relative. “My mom..she was only gone for 15 minutes to pick up my 19 year old brother from the train station,” Curry explained.
“My sixteen-year old sister said they were playing in the tub and she heard him crying. And she went in and pulled him out of the tub and sat him down on the floor and said he was still crying when she sat him on the floor and she ran back to tend to her baby and her other nephew,” Curry said.
But when the grandmother returned, the toddler was not breathing. “I don’t fault nobody; it’s just my sister she didn’t understand to check him to see if he was gasping for air,” Curry said. Now she worries her own mother may face some kind of criminal charge and court officials in Kansas City are keeping her from seeing her five-year old sister. Curry fears the family will be broken apart and the younger children placed in foster care.
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