Jiterria Lightner Wiki
A North Carolina mom Jiterria Lightner is facing criminal charges stemming from the death of her 3-year-old son, who fell from an escalator and died, authorities said.
Jiterria Lightner stemming from the death of her 3-year-old son
Lightner was traveling with his son, Jaiden Cowart, and two other children when he fell at the end of September from the top of the escalator at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, police said. The boy was hospitalized and died three days later from forceful injuries.
Jiterria Lightner Charge child abuse
Jiterria Lightner will turn herself in this week to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police after warrants were issued to charge her with child abuse and neglect, news station WCNC reported.
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Police initially determined his death an accident, but said their homicide unit was now looking at the case, NBC News reported.
“She’s a single mother that was watching three children at an airport, and I think the circumstances could have happened to a number of us,” Lightner’s attorney Michael Greene told WCNC. “I don’t think they rise to the level of a crime.”
If convicted, the grieving mom could face up to 150 days in jail, the outlet reported.
An airport statement sent to NBC News said: “Our thoughts are with the family during this very difficult time. We are extremely grateful for the quick response of our emergency crews and law enforcement officers and for the medical assistance and care they provided.”
The statement said the escalator was inspected and back in operation the next day, adding, “We are committed to and constantly reviewing safety and risk.”
A GoFundMe set up for Jaiden’s family in September said the child was an “energetic, loving and playful 3-year-old with a witty sense of humor and an appetite for fun and adventure.”
“This has been one of the hardest things any parent has had to endure,” the page says.
Greene said Lightner could face up to 150 days in jail.