Mom accused of killing son wants confession thrown out

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A South Bend woman accused of killing her 11-month-old son and smothering her daughter wants a judge to throw out her confession to police.

The South Bend Tribune reports 22-year-old Nyesha Crockett made the request Tuesday, claiming she was coerced by police. She has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in her son’s August 2014 death and her then-14-month-old daughter’s February 2014 injury that left her in a coma.

Defense attorney Charles Lahey wrote in a motion that police repeatedly demanded Crockett admit to harming her children. Lahey said an interrogator told Crockett confessing would save her child’s life.

A St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office spokeswoman told the newspaper that prosecutors couldn’t comment on a pending motion.

Prosecutors say Crocket smothered her son, threw him on the ground and kicked him. He died at a hospital. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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