Mom charged in 2-month-old baby’s death

By Sara Belsole

COLUMBUS, GA – It was at a home in a neighborhood off Plateau Drive that 20-year-old Jonaida Nieves-Perez called authorities to, when her two-month-old son stopped breathing on March 31st. But now, two weeks later, she is facing charges.

Police say Perez turned herself into authorities on Tuesday. She is now charged with second degree cruelty to children.

Officials say an investigation into the infant's death revealed Perez was allegedly criminally negligent in supervising her child. And they say that negligence allegedly resulted in the child's death.

However Perez's friends say she was a loving mother, who cared about her son and would never intentionally hurt him.

The baby was pronounced dead at the Medical Center less than an hour after EMS responded to the home.

The Coroner's Office says autopsy and toxicology results in the case are still pending.

Perez currently lives in Phenix City, and it is unclear why she was at the Columbus mobile home at the time.

 She pleaded not guilty in Recorder's Court on Wednesday and received a $5,000 bond. Her case is now bound over to superior court.

According to the Muscogee County Jail, Perez has not made bond.

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