A 28-year-old Alabama mother denies killing her 15-month-old son, who died two years ago after suffering brutal head trauma. Jordan Ellan Harmon, who flashed an ear-to-ear smile as he posed for his mugshot after her arrest in 2021, formally pleaded not guilty last week to a single count of murder, aggravated child abuse and chemical endangerment of a child in April 2021. the murder of young Emery Michael Knox Wilson, authorities confirmed to Law&Crime.
Travius Sebastian Coleman, 30, who was Harmon’s boyfriend at the time of Emery’s death, faces the same wave of charges as well as an additional charge of aggravated child abuse.
According to a press release from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, on April 11, 2021, deputies responded to an incident at the intersection of Highway 24 and County Road 214. When they arrived on scene, first responders found a person performing CPR on a small child. on the floorboard of a minivan. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene and the toddler was transported to Decatur-Morgan Hospital. Due to the severity of the child’s injuries, he was later transported to Children’s of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham for more specialized treatment.
On April 12, 2021, a then 26-year-old Harmon was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated child abuse. She was booked into the Lawrence County Jail on a $60,000 bond. Sadly, 15-month-old Emery was pronounced dead a day after his mother was taken into custody.
After about five months in custody, Harmon was released on September 17, 2021, after posting a $60,000 bond.
It wasn’t until the autopsy report came back in January 2022 with critical information about the case — including the cause of death and the extent of the toddler’s injuries — that Harmon and Coleman were brought back for questioning.
Lawrence County Sheriff Max Sanders said the report showed the toddler died of blunt force trauma to the head. The autopsy also showed that the toddler had skin abrasions, contusions and lacerations to the scalp, a depressed skull fracture and a broken left forearm. In addition, toxicology tests revealed the presence of cannabinoids in the baby’s system.
After an interview with investigators on Jan. 25, 2022, Coleman was arrested and booked into jail, the sheriff’s office said.
On January 26, 2022, Harmon was interviewed regarding the conclusions of Emery’s autopsy report. Based on her answers, she was remanded in custody a second time and charged with the abuse and death of her son.
A Lawrence County jury last month indicted Harmon and Coleman on the aforementioned charges, according to a report by Huntsville CBS affiliate WHNT-TV.
Court documents obtained by the station reportedly accuse the pair of “shaking, slapping, punching or otherwise causing serious injury to Emery” “on more than one occasion.” They also say Harmon and Coleman “tortured, willfully abused, beat or otherwise willfully mistreated” the toddler.
In addition, Harmon was accused of refusing to seek medical attention for a child who had sustained “serious injuries requiring medical attention and treatment, including but not limited to injuries to his head, arm and groin area on at least three separate occasions,” according to WHNT .
Both suspects are currently jailed on similar $1,680,000 bonds.
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