Angela J. Downing Murdered grandson: Police

Angela J. Downing with permission from the Denton County Jail

Angela J. Downing with permission from the Denton County Jail

A Texas grandmother is likely to spend the rest of her life behind bars after authorities said she confessed to beating her 3-year-old grandson so hard he was declared dead after almost a week in the hospital.

Angela J. Downing57 years old, was taken into custody this week and charged with one count of murder, police announced Monday.

According to a press release from the Denton Police Department, Downing took his grandson on the morning of January 18 to Texas Health Fort Worth with serious injuries. According to the press release, when asked how her grandson suffered from his injuries, Downing is said to have told paramedics that the boy had accidentally fallen down the stairs. However, doctors at the hospital noted the suspicious nature of the boy’s injuries and contacted Child Protective Services (CPS), which contacted the Denton Police Department.

The child was placed in the pediatric intensive care unit at Cook Children’s Medical Center.

Investigators interviewed Downing and the doctors who treated the child. Under questioning by investigators, Downing allegedly admitted that her initial story that her nephew fell down the stairs was not true.

“During an interview with detectives, Downing, the child’s legal guardian, admitted forcibly throwing the child onto the bathroom floor and wall,” the press release states. “The child suffered a skull fracture, brain bleeding and brain swelling.”

After about 4 days of fighting for his life in the PICU, Downing’s grandson was pronounced dead on January 22 at approximately 7:52 a.m. Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office determined The victim is a child Neshon Randolph Downing, Jr. According to online records, the cause and manner of death will be determined pending an autopsy.

Downing was booked into the Denton County Jail on Tuesday morning. Online profiles show she is being held on a security deposit of $250,000.

“This is a tragic reminder of how devastating child abuse can be, and how different the relationships between suspect and victim can be,” Denton police said. “If you suspect or know of a child being abused, please call the Denton Police Department at (940) 349-8181, or the North Texas Children’s Advocacy Center at (972) 317 -2818. Always call 911 in case of an emergency.”

Earlier this month, an Alabama grandmother was indicted by a jury with murder in the death of her 6-month-old grandchild after she, too, was accused of telling a story without close supervision. Woman reported Investigators believe she was “dancing around” with the infant as it suffered fatal injuries, but a medical examiner said the infant’s death was “a sign of abuse.” and will be considered a homicide,” according to a lot of report.

[Image via Denton County Jail]

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