Woman shoots 10-month-old in face on Christmas Eve in Monroe County

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MONROE COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (1/2/2020): The Monroe County Sheriff says Tamika Stallworth opened fire into a car, hitting a baby in the face Tuesday.

10-month-old Jamaya Austin and her great uncle Charlie Stallworth. Stallworth is the uncle of Tamika Stallworth, accused of killing Jamaya.

That baby, 10-month-old Jamaya Austin, passed away at University Hospital, according to authorities.

She is pictured above with her great, great uncle, Charlie Stallworth, who sent us the photo. Stallworth is also the uncle of Tamika Stallworth.

He tells News 5, “I’ve never known Tamika to have a single violent bone in her body. She is always kind and compassionate, which makes the ordeal hard to grasp…I stand with my family… [We are] trying to keep everyone in prayer during this tragic and unfortunate time.”

The sheriff says this happened on County Road 42 in the Peterman community. Peterman is just northeast of Monroeville. Stallworth was taken into custody the day the shooting happened.

She was in court on Thursday, where she was charged with murder. Her bond was set at $750,000.

ORIGINAL (12/26/2019): The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a woman after she shot a 10-month-old child in the face on Christmas Eve.

According to MCSO, deputies responded to a call on 860 County Road 42 in the Peterman community Tuesday.

They say Tamika Stallworth opened fire into an occupied vehicle, hitting the baby, Jamaya Austin. Jamaya was rushed to the Monroe County emergency room then transferred to USA Hospital where she later died.

Stallworth was arrested that same day and has been charged with Jamaya’s murder.

She appeared in court Thursday. Stallworth is being held on a $750,000 bond.


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