A mother and grandmother involved in the death of a 9-month-old baby boy are being detained without bail.
A judge refused bail for 17-year-old Alexus Taylor and her 44-year-old mother Laurie Taylor. Both are suffering life in prison after police tell they allowed Alexus’ 9-month-old son Niyear to ingest narcotics last July.
They supposedly made 2 trips to Baltimore City to get the narcotics and the baby may have ingested one of the capsules throughout the trip. Prosecutors told the Laurie “deliberately decided not to seek medical treatment” for the baby even when she assumed he swallowed a capsule.
In court Friday, pre-trial services said to Judge Meagan Johnson that Alexus Taylor is pregnant again. Prosecutor Anastasia Prigge said to Judge Johnson that Alexus should not come back home under any conditions.
Out of concern for Alexus’ health, the judge directed that she be held at a juvenile facility where she can get medical treatment to assist in her pregnancy. Throughout the court proceeding, Laurie Taylor seemed to yell, “I love you,” to her daughter Alexus.
The investigation started on July 27 when Anne Arundel County police and fire departments arrived at the 7900 blocks of Chesapeake Drive in Orchard Beach for a 9-month-old boy in medical distress.
The baby was brought to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center where he was later declared dead.
The mother and the grandmother, who was sleeping with the baby, discovered the baby unresponsive the next morning and contacted 911.
A post-mortem discovered narcotics in the infant’s blood, liver and stomach contents. It took months for police and prosecutors to develop their case.