Father convicted, mother indicted in separate infant homicide cases

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 11:45pm
Staff reports

On the same day, an investigation into the July 2007 drug-related death of a 16-day-old boy led to the indictment of his mother on charges of reckless homicide and aggravated assault, Marcellous Lindsley was given a murder conviction for his 18-month-old son’s death.

Lateshia Coleman, 34, of 32nd Avenue North, tested positive for cocaine, marijuana, and opiates when she gave birth last June to her son, Taishon, who also tested positive for drugs, according to police. He survived for 16-days with the assistance of life support technology before dying on July 3, 2007, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, reports show.

The Department of Children’s Services began looking into this matter and referred it to Metro Police department. An investigation by Detective Tom Rollins led to the recent indictment of Coleman, who is being held in the Metro Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Coleman has prior convictions for prostitution, possession of drug paraphernalia, and shoplifting, police said.

Thursday’s conviction of Lindsley came after the defendant pleaded guilty Monday to 2nd degree murder and aggravated child neglect, according to reports.

It was reported that Lindsley, 27, of Dover Glen Drive, will serve 100 percent of a 32-year sentence.

Investigative work by Youth Services Detectives Faye Okert and Mickey Elrod led to Wednesday’s conviction in the 2006 murder of 18-month-old Jaqurius.

Police reports show that Lindsley brought his critically injured son to Southern Hills Medical Center in October 2006, who later died from severe internal injuries. Lindsley told police at the time that the boy had fallen out of bed. 

Detectives determined the child’s injuries were not consistent with such an accident and that Lindsley had beaten his son, police said.

Lindsley has prior convictions for aggravated assault, drug possession, and evading arrest.

1 Comment on this post:

By: courier37027 on 4/30/09 at 7:43

Well it is obvious that we as taxpayers did not do enough to save these human filth from their actions. Oh wait, I am supposed to address these killers and drug addicts with the dignity they deserve.