Tue. Feb 18th, 2020

A North Carolina woman has been arrested in the 2018 beating death of her 7-year-old daughter in the DeLand area, deputies said. Janee Dickson, 26, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was arrested on a charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child Friday in Charlotte. The arrest is in connection to the death of 7-year-old Kamia Jean-Baptiste in March 2018. Volusia sheriff’s detectives started investigating the case on March 6, 2018, after Kamia was airlifted from Florida Hospital DeLand to Florida Hospital South in Orlando. Kamia had injuries and visible trauma that indicated she’d been physically abused, deputies said. Kamia died the following day and an autopsy determined she had hemorrhaging of the soft tissue in her legs, back and backside which were likely a result of physical abuse, deputies said.The cause of death listed in the autopsy report was blunt force trauma, and the manner of death was ruled homicide.Dickson told investigators her daughter was injured while playing on the slide at a playground.However, deputies said that during the investigation, Dickson’s boyfriend Brandon Williams told them Dickson struck Kamia on multiple occasions. As the investigation continued, investigators said Dickson changed her story and admitted to detectives that Kamia had been physically disciplined, but she claimed it was Williams who disciplined her. Deputies said she described a March 5 incident in which they were in a vehicle Kamia kept asking to stop and use the bathroom. Dickson said Williams drove to a DeLand-area side street, pulled Kamia out of the car and beat her for 15 to 20 minutes with a blunt object. Then she said he drove to Beresford Cemetery and beat her again for 30 minutes with the same object, investigators said. Detectives said they used GPS data from the phones of Dickson and Williams to determine their locations on March 5, confirming their travel around the DeLand area on the evening of March 5, and their eventual arrival at the hospital at 8:44 a.m. March 6.Dickson said she did not call 911 or seek emergency help for Kamia during the beatings, or afterward, even though she noticed Kamia was having trouble breathing all night, deputies said. According to the sheriff’s office, Dickson she noticed in the morning that Kamia’s body had gone limp and she was cold to the touch, her head tilted. That’s when she told deputies that decided to take Kamia to the hospital. When asked if she thought Kamia had died before she took her to the hospital, Dickson replied, “Basically, yeah,” deputies said. Officials said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

DELAND, Fla. —

A North Carolina woman has been arrested in the 2018 beating death of her 7-year-old daughter in the DeLand area, deputies said.

Janee Dickson, 26, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was arrested on a charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child Friday in Charlotte.

The arrest is in connection to the death of 7-year-old Kamia Jean-Baptiste in March 2018.

Volusia sheriff’s detectives started investigating the case on March 6, 2018, after Kamia was airlifted from Florida Hospital DeLand to Florida Hospital South in Orlando. Kamia had injuries and visible trauma that indicated she’d been physically abused, deputies said.

Kamia died the following day and an autopsy determined she had hemorrhaging of the soft tissue in her legs, back and backside which were likely a result of physical abuse, deputies said.

The cause of death listed in the autopsy report was blunt force trauma, and the manner of death was ruled homicide.

Dickson told investigators her daughter was injured while playing on the slide at a playground.

However, deputies said that during the investigation, Dickson’s boyfriend Brandon Williams told them Dickson struck Kamia on multiple occasions.

As the investigation continued, investigators said Dickson changed her story and admitted to detectives that Kamia had been physically disciplined, but she claimed it was Williams who disciplined her.

Deputies said she described a March 5 incident in which they were in a vehicle Kamia kept asking to stop and use the bathroom. Dickson said Williams drove to a DeLand-area side street, pulled Kamia out of the car and beat her for 15 to 20 minutes with a blunt object. Then she said he drove to Beresford Cemetery and beat her again for 30 minutes with the same object, investigators said.

Detectives said they used GPS data from the phones of Dickson and Williams to determine their locations on March 5, confirming their travel around the DeLand area on the evening of March 5, and their eventual arrival at the hospital at 8:44 a.m. March 6.

Dickson said she did not call 911 or seek emergency help for Kamia during the beatings, or afterward, even though she noticed Kamia was having trouble breathing all night, deputies said.

According to the sheriff’s office, Dickson she noticed in the morning that Kamia’s

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