Parents charged in death of 6-week-old

Published 9:58 am Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police have charged two parents in the suffocation death of their 6-week-old daughter in March.

Thiry-nine-year-old Cardie Jackson and 40-year-old Shonwta Jackson were charged with second-degree murder Monday.

Police say the baby suffocated in a laundry basket filled with a pillow and blankets where she regularly slept. They say a nurse had given the couple information warning against including pillows or loose bedding in a sleep environment.

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Police say the baby was the couple’s 11th child. They had lost custody of nine children and a 2-year-old is in foster care. The state had required Cardie Jackson to show she could care for the 2-year-old when the child was born.