Last month, 25-year-old Arkebia Albury of Georgia was arrested after she drove over her 4-year-old son, Jayden Albury, after shoplifting at a mall.
...[a] Belk loss prevention officer followed Albury into the parking lot as she, the boy and a younger child were heading toward her car. As the officer told her to stop, she cranked up the four-door 2001 Toyota Camry, but only the younger child, who is about 2, had made it into the passenger side, Andrews said. As the security officer rushed to the injured boy, the mother got out and tried to pick him up, ignoring the officer’s pleas to leave him where he was until an ambulance could get there. “She picks the little boy up and throws him in the car and drives off,” Andrews said. A Centerville patrol officer stopped the car on nearby Wilson Drive, and emergency medical workers were called to the scene. The chief said contrary to media reports, Albury’s sister and niece were not charged in the case, as they had stayed in the car and were not involved in the alleged theft. Andrews said he wasn’t sure exactly what was taken, but noted nothing would be worth hurting a child. “I believe it was a couple of T-shirts. I do know it was clothing. It was a misdemeanor amount,” he said. “This certainly was not worth it.”Jayden was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. His mother was charged with several charges including cruelty to children and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. At a bond hearing this morning, prosecutors told the court the boy suffers from brain swelling and his family may remove him from life support on Friday. He said he is not sure the boy would survive that. During the hearing, Arkebia's lawyer showed the court a plaque that named her "Parent of the Year." That award was presented in April by the Macon-Bibb County Equal Opportunity Council. Aside from the fact that Arkebia may have essentially killed her son, bond was denied. Plus, before the accident, she failed to show up for court for several previous court appearances on unrelated charges.