Portsmouth, VA – A mother is facing murder charges after police say she smothered her one-month-old son to death at a Virginia church.
Keisha Holmes is facing first degree murder charges after she took her son to Holy Trinity Church on August 7 and smothered him with a pillow until he stopped breathing.
Afterwards, Holmes called 911 and told a dispatcher what she had done. When police arrived at her home, which was near the church, they found the baby dead in his crib. Paramedics arrived and tried to revive the baby, but were unsuccessful.
“When we got closer we noticed it was a baby. That hurts because we saw a little baby laying in the front yard trying to be revived,” said one of Holmes’ neighbors. “When they lifted that baby up the baby was still limp. It just tore me up. It really broke me up.”
Holmes gave a full confession to police and was arrested at the scene.
Church members said that Holmes was not a regular member of the church and had just started attending within the few weeks before she murdered her son.
“Why it happened at the church, I don’t know,” said church member David Boone. “It could have been in her own mind that if she brought it here and done what she did, it may be something spiritual going on with her. I just can’t put my hand on it.”
Boone went on to say that something was said to let them know Holmes was having problems, but nothing to the extent that would lead anyone to believe her baby was in danger.
Holmes is due back in court September 23 for a preliminary hearing.Tags: church, Crime, Kaisha Jones, Murder, pillow, smother, Suffocation, Virginia