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Mother Accused of Murder After Becoming Frustrated with Crying Newborn, Striking Her in Head with Mug: Warrant

'Frustrated' Mom Accused of Hitting Crying Baby in Head With Steel Mug
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Jordan Fowler is accused of hitting her 2-month-old baby in the head with a steel mug, killing her.

Feb. 18 2024, Published 12:05 p.m. ET

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The mother of a 2-month-old girl in South Carolina has been charged with murder in connection with the infant's death last fall.

On Oct. 15, 2023, the daughter of Jordan Fowler died at their Belvedere home, according to an arrest warrant obtained by WRDW.

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At that time, police alleged Fowler squeezed and shook the newborn infant. However, recently filed arrest warrants claim Fowler struck her daughter in the back of the head with a stainless steel vacuum-insulated travel mug because she was frustrated over the baby’s repeated crying.

Deputies who responded to Fowler's home said they found the baby’s grandmother performing CPR and noted that the baby was cold to the touch.

When speaking with police, Fowler said her daughter was sleeping in her crib while she took a nap on the couch. She claims she woke up and found her daughter unresponsive.

An autopsy was completed and determined the child had rib fractures and other injuries in various stages of healing, officials said.

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According to the arrest warrants, Fowler placed the baby in an “unreasonable risk of harm or did cause to be done unlawfully or maliciously bodily harm to the minor child by forcibly squeezing and shaking the child” between Aug. 20 and Oct. 15.

In December 2023, Fowler was arrested and charged with unlawful neglect of a child, authorities said.

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On Feb. 13, Fowler was charged with murder/homicide by child abuse and aiding and abetting.

She remains in jail without bond.

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