Memphis Mother Charged With Son’s Death

(Memphis) Another senseless child death has a South Memphis mother locked up, accused of killing her newborn by failing to give the baby the most basic care.

A  tricycle sits in Cornellya Kenny’s yard where two of her older children once played.

Police records don’t paint her home as happy or safe.

Kenny is charged with causing the death of her own child by starving 2-month-old Marquise Denny to death.

“No, she didn’t kill her own child, that’s crazy. She had two other kids to take care of,” said relative, Kisha Knight.

According to police, in May, Marquise was rushed to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital when the 2-month-old wasn’t moving and was in full cardiac arrest.

According to a police report, medical records show the baby was never seen by a doctor after he was born with a cleft lip and palate.

He was supposed to have immediate follow-up visits and surgery to correct it, leading to aggravated child neglect charges against Kenny also.

Pediatricians we talked to say Marquise wouldn’t have starved to death because of his birth defect.  

“Do you know why she never took him to the hospital?” News Channel 3 asked Knight. 

“I don’t know about all that,” Knight replied.

Knight described 22-year-old Kenny as a good mom, “We just got to do what we got to do to get her back home so she can be with her other kids.”
 
Sheila Johnson finds the child’s death heart breaking.

She knows people who can’t have children and says there is no excuse for the newborn to have been neglected.

“What is a  2 month old like?” asked News Channel 3.

“Adorable, loving, and dependent on their mother because they can’t do anything,” replied Johnson.

Detectives have not said where Kenny’s other children currently are, or why it took four months for an arrest.