Woman Admits To Smothering Her Baby 53 Years Ago

In a recent interview with a reporter, a 77-year old woman admitted to killing her 8-month-old son some 53 years ago. Janice Summerfield, 77, now living in a nursing home in Battle Creek, confessed to smothering the baby during interviews with her 54-year-old daughter Paula Gastian, along with a detective and a reporter.  She says, her “mind wasn’t right” and she didn’t know what she was doing.   The boy’s casket was removed from a cemetery grave on October 16 for an autopsy to determine a possible cause of death.  His death certificate states accidental death caused by oxygen deprivation.  The woman had told her son, who was 4 ½ years old at the time, it was his fault as the baby was found dead in the boy’s bed.  Summerfield’s daughter said they lived in an abusive home with a mother who used drugs and a father, who in September of this year was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a friend’s child.  There was also a set of twins who died before their first birthday, that Summerfield’s daughter believes the woman also killed.  The investigation continues.
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