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Mississippi mother accused of child abuse now faces capital murder charges in death of 5-month-old – Magnolia State Live

Mississippi mother accused of child abuse now faces capital murder charges in death of 5-month-old – Magnolia State Live

Mississippi mother accused of child abuse now faces capital murder charges in death of 5-month-old

Posted at 6:34 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2024

A Mississippi mother initially accused of child abuse now faces capital murder charges in the death of her 5-month-old baby.

Summer Rose Hill, 20, of Biloxi, now faces a charge of capital murder after an autopsy revealed her 5-month-old died of blunt force trauma, police said Thursday.

Initially charged with child abuse, Hill’s charges were upgraded following autopsy findings.

Her partner, Takavian Keivon Gibbs, 21, remains charged with one count of child abuse, but his charges have not been upgraded.

The couple was arrested last week after bringing the deceased child to Merit Health Hospital, where staff noticed multiple injuries consistent with abuse.

An autopsy performed Tuesday confirmed the child’s cause of death, leading to Hill’s new charge.

Both were booked into the Harrison County Jail, with Hill being held without bail. Capital murder involves a killing during the commission of another crime, in this case, child abuse.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges against Gibbs are possible.