3-month-old dies in Harnett County, mother charged with murder

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Monday, December 12, 2022
3-month-old dies in Harnett County, mother charged with murder
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A mother has been charged with first-degree murder after an infant was found outside a Harnett County home with serious injuries.

HARNETT COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- A mother has been charged with murder after an infant was found outside a Harnett County home with serious injuries.

Dunn Police Department officers responded to North Ellis Avenue.

The baby, who was 3 months old, was rushed to the hospital but later died.

The baby's mother, 24-year-old Naomi Khan, is now facing a first-degree murder charge in the case.

It was news to Ruth Norris that her neighbors on Ellis Street were at the center of a major investigation. She spent Monday afternoon on grandma duty babysitting her grandson. She's now antsy about telling his mother the news.

"They're not right in the head. Need help," said Norris. "I can't wait until she calls me again on her last break because this is going to tear her up about as much as it did me."

Dunn police say it is unclear what led the mother to allegedly kill her baby boy. Police found the baby with lacerations on his neck.

Army veteran Agosto has been living here for 22 years. He described the community as laid back and quiet. That's why news of this baby's death two doors down shocked him.

"Devastating the way the world is going today. We don't have the details of what happened and what her mindset was, but whenever you hear about this it's devastating," said Alex Agosto.

While in Dunn, ABC11 saw Dunn police rolling by the home on patrol.

"They should have gave that baby up and found a home for that baby," said Norris.