Mitchell woman charged in death of 5-year-old boy

June 25, 2020


A 21-year-old Mitchell woman has been charged with killing a 5-year-old boy.

Police say they received a call from 21-year-old Julia Lee Carter as she was headed to the emergency room because the boy was not breathing. Life-saving measures were used but the 5-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital.

An autopsy indicated the child suffered a significant amount of blunt force trauma to the abdomen.

Carter reportedly told authorities that she kicked and stomped on the boy’s abdomen several times. Carter and the child lived at the same residence although authorities have not said if the two were related.

Carter has been arrested on first-degree manslaughter and abuse or cruelty to a minor charges.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.