By Grayson Kamm
First Coast News
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The mother of a baby boy crushed under a cabinet is charged with his murder. Ebony Asberry is behind bars in Duval County accused of child neglect and third-degree murder.
Police went to Asberry's home on West 27th Street Friday afternoon.
Officers say Asberry called for rescuers after she and a friend found her son, one-year-old Ya'Quan Daise, motionless under a fallen chest of drawers.
Daise was rushed to the hospital where he later died.
Saturday, the child's grandmother spoke to First Coast News outside the jail where her daughter was making her first appearance before a judge.
She pleaded for everyone to listen to her family's side before passing judgment.
"I don’t want anyone portraying her as a mean person, a person that'd hurt kids. My daughter's a loving person -- loved kids. This time is very hard, [but] God's gonna make a way for us," she said.
Across the street from where one family felt tragedy Friday, another family spent Saturday with a chore: washing the minivan.
The car washers' grandmother, Annette Baker, says the only reason she got a vehicle that big is to bring her grandkids everywhere she goes, and prevent what happened to the neighbors across the way.
"You have to constantly keep your eye on them. You can't leave them alone," Annette Baker explained.
Police say Ebony Asberry admitted to leaving her kids behind Friday.
According to detectives, her three children -- ages four, two, and one -- were locked inside her apartment while she went shopping with a friend.
Neighbors say Asberry just moved into the apartment this month.
"We didn't see no kids, so evidently, she had been leaving them in the house," Baker said.
Baker says if she had seen kids in or around the apartment, she would have been worried.
The apartment's porch has no railing and a set of steep stairs are the only way to the ground.
But police say it was inside the apartment -- unattended -- where little Ya'Quan was crushed and killed by a fallen dresser.
"I wish it could have been avoided, which it could have, if she had... just said, 'Come on, y'all walk down the street with me.' So sad," Baker said.
Police haven't said why that dresser fell.
Asberry is charged with third-degree murder.
Third-degree murder is basically killing a person unintentionally. But it's done while committing another non-violent felony.
Asberry is also charged with three felony counts of child neglect.
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