Incident at 8750 Broadway #2158
March 16, 2005 -- Houston police
homicide investigators have arrested a suspect in the death of
a nine-month-old girl following an incident at 8750 Broadway about
8 p.m. on March 5.
The suspect, the child's father, Michael Jovonne
Smith (b/m, DOB 1-6-82), has been charged with injury to a child
in the 230th State District Court. The baby, Lamya Smith, died
from blunt trauma to her head.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J.H. Binford and
Officer R.A. Swainson reported:
The baby girl was rushed to Texas Children's
Hospital on March 5 with massive head injuries and was placed
on life support machines. The infant died the following day. The
baby's father initially reported a minor fall caused the injury.
A Harris County Medical Examiner's autopsy and homicide investigation
When the suspect provided a second statement
to investigators detailing a much more severe fall causing the
baby's injury, he was taken into custody on Tuesday (Mar. 15).
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.