A Mississippi woman was murdered with her newborn baby nearby. Her juvenile child reported the crime at a neighbor’s home.

Published 8:54 pm Saturday, January 6, 2024

A Mississippi police department is investigating a shooting that left a mother dead.

The Tunica County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from an individual stating that a juvenile came to their neighbor’s residence stating that their mother had been shot inside their apartment located at 2669 Kirby Road in Robinsonville about 9:50 p.m. Friday.

Sheriff deputies and first responders were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, deputies heard additional shots fired inside the residence. Two additional juveniles were located outside the residence.

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Sheriff Deputies gathered information on the scene that the apartment was occupied by one black female, her newborn child, and one black male. Sheriff Deputies secured the scene and evacuated the surrounding residences.

Sheriff Deputies spoke to the male suspect inside the apartment via phone and were able to get the subject to release his weapon and go outside. At approximately 10:35 p.m., deputies detained Donald Demario Patrick, 37, of Tunica.

Patrick allegedly told deputies he shot his child’s mother and that there was a newborn inside the residence. Patrick is being held at the Tunica County Detention Center, pending charges.

Upon deputies’ entrance into the residence, one black female subject was located with an apparent gunshot wound. The baby was located, unharmed. The female subject was identified as 34-year-old Shaterica Queshun Bell of Robinsonville.

Bell succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Tunica County coroner. Bell’s body will be transported to Mississippi State Crime Lab (Medical Examiner’s Office) for an autopsy.

“Our hearts are heavy today for this family. Please keep their children in your prayers,” a statement reads.

This investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office at 662-363-1411. If a caller wishes to remain anonymous, they may contact CrimeStoppers at 662-910-0400.