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Mother of baby tossed onto I-275 accused of slapping boyfriend

Tribune staff

Published:   |   Updated: August 19, 2014 at 06:40 AM

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— The mother of the baby who died after being thrown out of a car onto Interstate 275 in 2009 was arrested Monday morning on charges she slapped her boyfriend, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. Jasmine Bedwell, 23, of Tampa, was arrested just after 9 a.m. and charged with battery-domestic violence, the sheriff’s office said.

Bedwell and her boyfriend, Emanuel Murray Sr., got into an altercation outside their East Tampa apartment. When a deputy responded to the scene, Bedwell and Murray wouldn’t separate at first, then went into their apartment, the sheriff’s office said.

Murray then opened the front door and tried to walk out but Bedwell was holding the back of Murray’s shirt with her left hand and slapping him with her right hand on his head and back, the sheriff’s office said. The deputy then arrested Bedwell.

Bedwell and Murray have lived together more than two years and have three children, the sheriff’s office said.

Their son, Emanuel Wesley Murray Jr., was just over 3 months old when he was killed by Richard Anthony McTear Jr., who threw the baby out of a car window after getting in a domestic fight with Bedwell. Murray was in prison at the time his son died.

Last month, McTear, 26 was found guilty of first-degree murder in the case involving the baby boy. He was also found guilty of burglary with assault and battery, aggravated child abuse, battery and kidnapping. He was sentenced earlier this month to life in prison.


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