Published January 13, 2015
A mother forced her 12-year-old daughter to drink bleach for having sex and sat on her until the child died, a police detective said, adding that a 9-year-old brother was forced to watch the attack.
Detective Warren Cotton's testimony came Thursday in a preliminary hearing for Tunisia Archie (search), 31, of the Wylam neighborhood, who is charged with capital murder in the asphyxiation death of Jasmine Archie (search). If convicted, she could be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.
District Judge Sheldon Watkins sent the case to a grand jury for review.
Cotton said Archie, who is being held in jail without bond, gave several statements about what happened on Nov. 26.
Archie was disturbed, Cotton said, because "her daughter told her that she was no longer a virgin."
She said she poured bleach into Jasmine's mouth and the child vomited, he said.
"She told me that she sat on her chest until she stopped breathing," Cotton said.
Jasmine was 5 feet 10 and weighed 240 pounds, while the mother is tall and slender. But the medical examiner ruled that Jasmine died from asphyxia (search), which is caused by suffocation, and was found dead, on her back, in her bedroom.
Jasmine's brother, Jacorey, 9, was made to stand in a corner and watch the entire attack. Archie "told him that if he shed a tear that she was going to kill him, too," Cotton testified.
Defense lawyer David Luker said a mental evaluation of Archie has not been completed.