DeKalb County

Mother arrested on murder charges at funeral home after her baby drowns in bathtub

DECATUR, Ga. — A Lithonia mother was arrested in her infant’s drowning death while she was at the funeral home Thursday, according to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.

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Shaquila Feaster, 31, of Lithonia, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the drowning death of her baby, 7-month-old Ja’Lonnie Small. Feaster was taken into custody at a Decatur funeral home.


According to the warrant, the child was left alone in a bathtub on July 30. She was taken to the hospital, but died several days later on Aug. 4.

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Feaster was taken to the DeKalb County jail, where she’s being held without bond.

Small’s funeral is scheduled for Friday at Peace Baptist Church in Decatur.