Mother Of Infant Left In Park Now Charged

May 12th, 2011 by Staff

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. — The mother of a 4-month old baby who was found abandoned at a park earlier this week has been charged.
The Wayne County prosecutor’s office charged 22-year-old Shayean Blackmon on Wednesday with child abandonment.

The charges come on the heels of a judge’s decision to keep the baby in protective custody until a paternity issue was resolved.

Highland Park police said Blackmon left her infant daughter, Somari, at Monterey Park Monday evening. People at the park found the infant and police were called.

Blackmon turned herself into police later that night. She is being held in the Wayne County Jail.

Deputy Highland Park Police Chief Lanesha Jones said Blackmon had been drinking tequila when she showed up to the park with the infant.

“There was a bottle found right there where the baby’s carrier was placed,” she said.

Jones also said witnesses told officers Blackmon was abusing the infant.

“They observed her swinging the baby around and then physically punch her in the nose,” Jones said.

She said Blackmon put the infant down at the park and acted as if she was going back to her car to get something, but instead got in and took off.

During a custody hearing, a judge said the man who said he was the infant’s father, Christopher Wright, could not take her home until he established paternity through testing.

He said he’s been involved in the infant’s life and paternity has never been questioned by anyone.

Blackmon also has a 4-year-old son who has also been placed in foster care, pending the outcome of an investigation.

Another hearing is set for May 23.

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