Forrest Co. woman pleads guilty to child neglect in child's death

Forrest Co. woman pleads guilty to child neglect in child's death
Julie Pittman

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Forrest County woman indicted for child neglect in the 2013 death of her child has pleaded guilty in a Forrest County court.

Julie Pittman, 21, was arrested June 23rd, and charged with child neglect stemming from a grand jury indictment.

Pittman pleaded guilty late last week and was sentenced to five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, ordered to pay a fine of $2,500.

According to the indictment Pittman, the parent, on August 12, 2013, did intentionally, knowingly or recklessly commit any act or omit the performance of any duty in which said act or omission contributed to or tended to constitute to the neglect of a child, Aiden Pittman, who was six months old at the time.

The indictment states that Pittman's acts resulted in substantial harm to Aiden, to wit: Aiden Pittman died.

On August 12, Forrest County Sheriff's Deputies responded with medical personnel to the home for an unknown medical call.

"When officers were on the way, they received further information that the child was dead," said Forrest County Investigator Nick Calico.

According to Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem, the child was found in a bedroom in the Forrest County home and pronounced dead at the scene.

The body was sent to Jackson to the Mississippi State Crime Lab for an autopsy, and a death investigation was started by the Forrest County Sheriff's Department.

The cause of death was listed as "positional asphyxia with contributory cause of death an unsafe environment," according to Klem.

"We started a death investigation in the matter, and through the investigation it was determined there needed to be a further investigation into the case," said Calico.

The case that was worked by the sheriff's department was completed and handed over to the Forrest-Perry County District Attorney's office who presented it to a grand jury.