WENY News - Mother charged in death of 11-year-old in Johnson City

Mother charged in death of 11-year-old in Johnson City

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- Johnson City Police Chief Brent Dodge and Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell on Friday announced the mother of an 11-year-old boy who died Saturday has been charged.

Cornwell’s office said 30-year-old Shakia Crute is charged with second-degree manslaughter.

According to Cornwell, the felony complaint states, “Crute, on February 2, 2019, on Burbank Avenue, in the Village of Johnson City, did recklessly cause the death of Jerome Smith Jr.”

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.

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