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A Mississippi mother was sentenced to life in prison for killing her daughter by repeatedly slamming her newborn on the concrete.
The Rankin County District Attorney's Office initially sought the death penalty for Makaylia Shaylynn Jolley. The district attorney offered the mother who killed her baby daughter a deal for her to plead guilty to capital murder and be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole rather than go to trial, where the state would seek the death penalty.
According to WLBT, "One reason for the decision to offer the plea was to prevent Rankin County jurors, law enforcement officials, witnesses, and family members from having to relive what they say was one of the most heinous crimes they worked on."
Assistant District Attorney Kathryn Newman said, “Law enforcement, the EMTs, the firefighters, there were innocent people ... the apartment owner witnessed it. The victim’s grandmother witnessed it. A truck driver witnessed it. A sweet lady who was going to call on a patient and just happened to be dropping by saw these terrible things. I don’t believe you can ever get those images out of your mind.”
Jolley accepted the plea deal, and she pleaded guilty to capital murder.
On Monday, Rankin County Circuit Judge Steve Ratcliff sentenced Jolley to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the death of her 2-month-old daughter named Khalysie Lashay Jolley.
District Attorney Bramlett stated, “This is an unexplainable and heinous crime against an innocent child."
"The very woman who was supposed to love and support Khalysie is the one who chose drugs over her children and caused Khalysie’s death," Bramlett said. "Makaylia Jolley will die in prison where she belongs for committing these crimes against her daughter.”
On the afternoon of May 12, 2022, witnesses contacted police to report that Jolley grabbed her baby by the ankles and slammed the newborn onto the concrete several times in Pearl, Mississippi. As Blaze News previously reported, when police arrived at the crime scene, bystanders informed law enforcement that the mother slammed the baby down on the pavement and left her lying in the road.
Newman said, “This was an innocent 7-week-old baby. Makaylia Jolley took Khalysie by the ankles, slammed her into the pavement multiple times and then left her there.”
Jolley ran off into nearby woods, where she was later taken into custody by police.
Law enforcement noted that during an interview, Jolley acknowledged that she injured her baby, but she didn’t know why she did it. Jolley claimed that repeatedly slamming her daughter on the concrete was an accident.
The newborn baby suffered extensive skull fractures, brain swelling, abrasions, hemorrhages to her eyes, an elbow fracture, a thumb fracture, and brain bleeding.
The baby was rushed to the hospital, but died a few days later.
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Paul Sacca is a staff writer for Blaze News.