Charles County Police in Maryland found Romechia Simms pushing her deceased son, Ji’Aire Lee, on a swing on Friday morning at 6:44 am. Investigators had been called to the playground after receiving calls that she had been doing this for an “unusual amount of time.”
Simms, who is now being treated at a local hospital, is facing no immediate charges in connection to her son’s death. But amid national attention and speculation, Simms’ mother has spoken out to set the record straight on her daughter’s involvement.
"[Romechia] would never harm my grandson in any type of way. You know, I just believe she had some type of mental illness, some type of mental break that came upon her where she wasn't able to get herself out of that situation," said Vontasha Simms.
Simms says her daughter was diagnosed with depression about three months ago, and had been seeking help for this issue while also trying to take care of her son and deal with their current homelessness.
"I don't want people to look down upon her I want people to use the situation as an opportunity to grow, learn from it. Like I said, help your neighbor, if you suffer from mental issues and you need help, don't be afraid to reach out to somebody," Simms said.
GoFundMe pages have been set up by the boy’s father, Donnell Lee, and other family for Ji’Aire’s funeral.