Bail set at $1 million for Mishawaka woman accused of fatally injuring toddler
Tearra Montgomery, 24, was in court for a bail hearing Tuesday. She faces three felony charges after the death of a toddler at a Mishawaka apartment complex.
19-month-old Zyon Harris died early Saturday morning.
WSBT 22 spoke to the child's mother, Asia Harris, who says she not ready to talk about his loss.
Police were called to the Hickory Village apartments Saturday morning.
When first responders arrived they found Zyon unresponsive and not breathing.
Doctors say the boy suffered from a loss of oxygen to the brain and a skull fracture.
Court documents reveal that Zyon's mother put him to bed then left for work, leaving him in the care of 24-year-old Tearra Montgomery, her roommate.
Montgomery told investigators the toddler wouldn't stop crying, she then held him face down into a robe until he stopped.
Montgomery left the room to stream herself online but had difficulty with the app on her phone.
After taking a shower, she returned to Zyon's room to find him in the exact same position.
She initially told police that she dropped him to the floor from a standing height, later admitting to throwing him on the floor.
At today's arraignment charges were read, including neglect of a dependent and battery causing death –counts that carry up to a 50-year sentence each.
Bail was set at $1 million or $100,000 cash.
Montgomery appeared withdrawn during the entire hearing. The only thing she said was that her family has hired an attorney.
She is scheduled to appear in court again on August 29.
Little Zyon will be laid to rest Friday.