Charges for Leland Mom Stirs Controversy

LELAND, MS (Ben Caxton) — Police charges against the Leland mom who lost two of her three children when their parked SUV somehow rolled into Deer Creek over the weekend has raised debate on social media. Commentaries to Delta Daily News show most people feel police may have reacted too quickly in arresting 25-year-old Jenea Monique Payne and charging her with manslaughter and child neglect. Police did not consult with District Attorney Dewayne Richardson before filing charges. Richardson told the Clarion-Ledger newspaper that he could not comment because he hasn’t received the investigative report from police as normally would be the case which would allow him to decide whether to proceed to a grand jury for charges or decide not to prosecute. The next grand jury is in July. Payne faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.



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