Florida mother who raised more than $ 4,000 in donations for her 10-month-old son's funeral is arrested after she & # 39; admitted to suffocating him & # 39;
- Victoria Jackson called the police on 24 May and claimed that her 10-month-old son did not respond to their Cleawater home
- The baby boy was rushed to the hospital but could not be brought to life
- In the days after her son's death, Jackson set up a GoFundMe page where she asked family and friends for money to cover funeral expenses
- Almost five months passed before the police were contacted by a friend of Jackson who claimed that the mother was responsible for her son's death
- Authorities opened an investigation before they arrested Jackson on Friday
Victoria Jackson, 24, was detained on Friday after admitting she was using a pillow to choke her baby boy, Malachi, in their Clearwater home on May 24
A Florida woman who raised more than $ 4,000 to cover her 10-month-old son's funeral expenses has now been arrested for his murder.
Victoria Jackson, 24, was detained on Friday after admitting that she had choked her son, Malachi, with a pillow in a house in Clearwater on 24 May.
Jackson called 911 on the evening of that date to claim that she did not respond to Malachi in his cradle.
The baby boy was rushed to the hospital but could not be brought to life.
On June 1, eight days after her son's death, Jackson set up a GoFundMe account to raise money to cover funeral expenses.
& # 39; I want to give my son the best memorial service I can & # 39 ;, Jackson wrote on the page, according to The Tampa Bay Times.
& # 39; I've never been so broken in my life. Please help me take care of my baby again, & she continued.
Family and friends eventually raised more than $ 4,000 for the Malachi funeral.
Malachi Jackson (photo) died in May at just 10 months old. His death was initially seen as a tragic accident, before an investigation revealed false play
Nearly five months passed before the police were contacted by a friend of Jackson who claimed that Jackson had told them she has deliberately smothered her son.
The friend allegedly participated in a recorded telephone conversation so that the police could collect incriminating evidence.
Cops finally plunged on October 30 after Jackson supposedly made statements that involved her in the death of her son.
She now faces a charge for first-degree murder.
Marah Gonzales, who knew Jackson in high school, was one of the many people who donated to the GoFundMe page, which has now been removed.
& # 39; Tragedy is a time when you have to be the most compassionate and loving and kind and she has made full use of it, & # 39; Gonzales said ABC Action News.
& # 39; No one knew the real story of what happened, except she and whatever friend she told. & # 39;
Gonzales added that the actions of Jackson & # 39; manipulative & # 39; goods.
GoFundMe is now repaying the money that donors had unselfishly handed over.
& # 39; It is important to know that the platform is supported by the GoFundMe guarantee, which means that all donors are fully protected by a refund policy & # 39 ;, said the company.
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