South Carolina

Mom charged with drowning infant; family says she loved boy

This July 2016 photo provided by the Horry County Sheriff's Office, S.C., shows Jameisha Alexander, who was charged with murder in the death of her 6-week-old baby. Authorities said she drowned her baby in a pond at an outlet mall in Myrtle Beach. (Horry County Sheriff's Office via AP)

This July 2016 photo provided by the Horry County Sheriff's Office, S.C., shows Jameisha Alexander, who was charged with murder in the death of her 6-week-old baby. Authorities said she drowned her baby in a pond at an outlet mall in Myrtle Beach. (Horry County Sheriff's Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say a North Carolina woman drowned her 6-week-old baby in a pond at an outlet mall in Myrtle Beach.

Horry County Police charged 24-year-old Jameisha Alexander of Carrboro, North Carolina, with murder Monday.

An arrest warrant says someone saw Alexander holding her son King near the pond Saturday night, but by the time security arrived, the baby was in the water. An autopsy found the baby drowned. The warrant says Alexander was arrested after crashing her car two hours later.

Alexander's mother and grandmother told The Associated Press she was overwhelmed with her first baby, but that she loved her boy.

Her mother, Sandra Jones, says the baby's father was abusive and didn't support Alexander. She says Alexander was being seen for depression before and after her son's birth.