TAMPA — Jasmine Bedwell, the young mother of an infant found dead on Interstate 275, is pregnant again.
And again, as her ex-boyfriend awaits a murder trial, Bedwell's life is filled with allegations of domestic violence.
On her MySpace page earlier this year, the 18-year-old announced that the baby is due Sept. 21. She considered the name Ge'Annah Latress Anderson, she wrote.
In January, near the time of conception, she told police her then-boyfriend Guillermo Anderson grabbed her by the throat and choked her to the point she couldn't breathe.
Anderson, a 28-year-old felon who goes by "Ammo," pleaded guilty to domestic violence battery.
Bedwell, too, is facing charges. On Monday, she appeared in court before Circuit Judge Margaret Courtney to plead not guilty to a charge of making threatening phone calls.
In a petition for a violence injunction, a 36-year-old Riverview woman says Bedwell called and text messaged her phone, threatening to harm her and spit on her the next time she saw her.
"I feel that she will cause harm to myself and my children," the woman wrote.
Court documents do not specify their relationship. Bedwell told the judge she could not afford a lawyer, that she had no job, was a full-time student at the Brewster Technical Center and had a baby on the way. The judge appointed a public defender.
Bedwell will be arraigned this summer on two other misdemeanor charges, one for domestic violence battery and another for criminal mischief, with the victim listed as Tierra Simpson.
Upon learning her expected baby would be a boy, Bedwell considered the name A'Jon Elijah Simpson. On MySpace, Bedwell talked about having a girlfriend with whom she wanted to raise her child.
I love my baby, she wrote. RIP ur oldest brother Emanuel Murray Jr.
In May 2009, Bedwell's 3-month-old son Emanuel was found on the interstate a few feet away from traffic. Bedwell's ex-boyfriend, Richard McTear Jr., faces a first-degree murder charge. His trial is scheduled for December.
Bedwell did not respond to an interview request Monday.
Previously, she told the Times that McTear appeared in her hallway the early morning of May 5, 2009. She said he punched her, threw her on the couch and broke pictures of her baby. She said he walked over to the infant sleeping in a car seat and poured soda all over his face.
She said he threw the screaming baby from the living room to the kitchen, then from the kitchen back to the living room, then on the ground outside, where his head hit grass and his bottom hit concrete.
Then, she said, he took off with the baby.
Before that night, there had been fights, there had been threats.
There had been warnings.
News researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Alexandra Zayas can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3354.