Detroit Mom to Stay in Jail in Daughter’s Death

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Graves declined to comment, as did Thomasine Jefferson, an attorney who represented Greene in the child-welfare matter. Messages seeking comment were left with Smart and Neilson.

Greene remains in jail without bail on the felony murder charge, which is the equivalent of first-degree murder. She faces life in prison without parole if convicted. She also is charged with first-degree child abuse.

Defense attorney Cornelius Pitts suggested Greene should undergo a mental-health exam. Magistrate Steve Lockhart said the issue could be raised at the next hearing, on Jan. 16.

“It would appear there is a serious question to the emotional and mental state,” Pitts told reporters.

Tameria’s brothers, ages 1 to 7, now are in foster care.

Her death came at the end of a particularly brutal year in Detroit. By Thanksgiving, the city had surpassed the 344 criminal homicides reported in all of 2011. Mayor Dave Bing said there were 386 slayings in 2012.

“We’ve lost respect for each other. We’ve lost respect for life,” Bing said Thursday.

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