Friday, December 16, 2005

Adopted Chinese Baby Slain by Her Tennessee Mommy

A Williamson County grand jury indicted Jennifer Alvey on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated child neglect and reckless homicide in the death of Emma Mei. Jennifer and Phillip Alvey adopted Emma from China on Feb 27th, 2005 through Bethany Christian Services Adoption Agency. Emma Mei was born in Huangmei, Hubei province of China on Feb 11th, 2004.

"The mother held the baby and shook the baby back and forth, striking the baby's head on a coffee table in their living room", said Spring Hill police detective Sgt. Steve Cretin. Emma died five days later on Oct 24th, 2005, suffering a skull fracture in the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Tennessee. Jennifer is a medical assistant and her husband Phillip is a used car manager.

Jennifer originally said that Emma had fell from her plastic bicycle, when she screamed for help hysterically on Oct 19th. However this was not Emma's first accident at the Alvey's. On Sep 27th, she was treated at the Williamson Medical Center after "fallen down the steps".

The couple posted death of Emma on the Bethany Christian website: "We thank all of you for your prayers, thoughts and kind words. Emma was everything we dreamed of as our daughter…. We don't pretend to know the reason her time with us was cut so short, only that it must have happened to save her from something down the path of her life that would have caused her pain. … Emma fell asleep for a nap in her Mommy's arms never to awake again and passed away at the hospital in her Daddy's arms. … She was an angel on Earth and is now a beautiful angel in Heaven. Emma, your Daddy and Mommy love and miss you so much."

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