4-year-old’s remains found in garbage bin, affidavit says; mother, boyfriend charged
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC/Gray News) - An affidavit gives details about the death of 4-year-old Sequoia Samuels, including that the girl had been dead for weeks when she was reported missing.
According to the document, the girl’s mother, Brittney Jackson told police her boyfriend Jaylon Hobson attacked Sequoia several weeks ago and that the child became unresponsive.
Jackson told police Hobson tried to revive Sequoia, but she never regained consciousness, and Jackson did not try to help her child.
The affidavit states Hobson placed the child’s body in several garbage bags and stored the body in the house until Thursday.
Jackson confessed that the 4-year-old was dumped in the garbage container outside of the apartment.
The mother identified the garbage containers when police showed her pictures.
According to police, Hobson said he last saw Samuels on Sunday, but police said that is “impossible” due to the advanced state of the body’s decomposition.
After police searched the home on Caldwell Avenue, they found the child’s remains in the bin.
On Thursday, the mother made a false report of the disappearance of her child, said police.
The mother says she put Sequoia to sleep and fell asleep on the couch at 11:45 p.m.
Jackson said she woke up to charge her phone and received a text from a family member that her front door was open.
She says she checked the room where the children were sleeping and found the 4-year-old missing.
This is when Memphis Police Department made the scene and issued a City Watch which led to a state and federal investigation.
Jackson is charged with aggravated child neglect, abuse of a corpse and false offense report.
Hobson, who police say is Jackson’s boyfriend, is charged with a false offense report.
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