Father pleads guilty in infant’s death

Published 12:01 am Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Vicksburg father has pleaded guilty to shaking his infant son to death in December 2013.

Jamaro Tyrone SouthJamaro South Sr., 25, pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder in the death of his son, Jamaro Carter Jr.

Circuit Judge M. James Chaney set sentencing for April 10, District Attorney Ricky Smith said.

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“We’re just glad to be able to get some justice for Jamaro Carter,” Smith said.

South, who is represented by Chris Green, faces 25 to 40 years in prison.

The father was alone with the 6-month old, on Dec. 14, 2013, when the boy was injured and later died of head injuries, police and prosecutors have said.

South initially confessed to shaking the 6-month old because the baby wouldn’t stop crying, but later recanted the confession, according to testimony at a probable cause hearing in July.

Green had contended the child could have been injured before he was with South and added that the father attempted to perform CPR on the child.

South is not trained in CPR, which could have caused some of the injuries, Green said.

Vicksburg police Lt. Troy Kimble described the account South gave him as “punching the child in the abdomen.”

Also in July, South was found guilty of violating probation in a prior burglary case and was sentenced by Chaney to 10 years in prison.