Shaneka Ann McKinzie, 36, has been charged with first-degree murder
A Florida mother is accused of killing her 8-year-old son and driving around the Miami area with his body in her car, according to multiple news outlets citing police.
On Nov. 16, Shaneka Ann McKinzie, 36, was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami on a charge of first-degree murder, according to jail records reviewed by PEOPLE.
According to a Miami-Dade police report obtained by NBC Miami and WVSN, McKinzie brought her unconscious son, Jaisyn Burgos, to Hialeah Hospital on Nov. 14. The boy was later pronounced dead. The county medical examiner’s office determined his cause of death to be asphyxiation, per the report.
Investigators allege McKinzie later confessed to planning her son’s killing for the past two days. The report cited by both outlets states that McKinzie claimed she used a tablecloth to strangle her son to death in the backseat, where he had been asleep.
Then, McKinzie drove around the county and ran errands with her son’s unconscious body still in the car, police alleged.
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"It's very difficult to wrap your head around how a parent could not only plan to murder their child but then after carrying out this murder go on about their day as if nothing happened," Miami-Dade Police Det. Andre Martin said, per NBC Miami.
According to NBC Miami, police said the boy had not been enrolled in school since McKinzie moved from Missouri to Florida about a year ago.
Jail records reviewed by PEOPLE state McKinzie is being held without bond. It’s unclear if she has entered a plea or retained an attorney to speak on her behalf.
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