Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Mother of baby killed on I-275 has second child removed by state

TAMPA — In 2009, her infant son was thrown onto Interstate 275 and killed. Deputies blame an angry ex-boyfriend.

This week, the state took Jasmine Bedwell's second child away.

The Department of Children and Families has enough reason to think 1-year-old A'Jon is in danger to temporarily place him elsewhere, a judge decided Friday.

In tears, Bedwell, 20, declined to comment. Near her in court sat her current boyfriend, Emanuel Murray — the father of the child killed in 2009.

In May of that year, authorities say, Bedwell's boyfriend, Richard McTear, tossed the 3-month-old child onto the interstate, just a few feet from traffic. McTear, 24, faces a first-degree murder charge.

He remains in jail awaiting trial. The case has moved slowly through court as attorneys continue to file motions and take depositions.

It's unclear why the state thinks A'Jon was in danger. Juvenile records aren't public, and details didn't come out in court.

An attorney for the state said that last week, Bedwell refused to sign a safety plan for her son. She said she did.

The judge looked over the handwritten plan and a doctor's report.

Records show that Bedwell's boyfriend, Murray, has been convicted of cocaine distribution, marijuana distribution, opposing an officer without violence, carrying a concealed weapon and possessing a short-barreled shotgun.

He spent 21/2 years in prison on gun charges. He was released in July.

The original child welfare complaint was filed in August, attorneys said in court.

After the death of her child, Bedwell told a reporter she planned to get back with Murray, who was in prison at the time.

Once, she told a caseworker that Murray had abused her, DCF records show. But Bedwell told the reporter that wasn't true. She loves him, she said.

She continues to declare her love for him and A'Jon on her Facebook page. On Thursday she wrote about Murray, saying "HES EVERYTHING TO ME."

She added: "SHOUT OUT TO ALL MY X FRIENDS THAT DONT LIKE ME NO MORE CUS OF HIM."

Bedwell asked Hillsborough Circuit Judge Ralph Stoddard to consider placing A'Jon with her friend. That may be discussed at a Tuesday hearing.

Times news researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3433.

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