TAMPA (AP) - Authorities say a Tampa mother hindered a child-abuse investigation leading up to the beating death of her year-old baby last month, allegedly by a live-in boyfriend.
Hillsborough County court documents show the baby's 21-year-old mother, Swazikki Davis, didn't tell child protective investigators about a new boyfriend living in the home. That man, 21-year-old Damarcus Kirkland-Williams, is now accused of fatally beating Davis' infant son, Ezekiel Mathis, on May 18.
Documents showed that a judge had ordered the mother to stay away from Kirkland-Williams, and child protective investigators had already removed Davis's 2-year-old daughter after they suspected the man was beating her.
Davis, who has not been criminally charged, told the St. Petersburg Times that despite the warnings from court, she couldn't have seen this happening.