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Mother Arrested on Murder Indictment in Connection with Death of Her 3-Year-Old Son


November 26, 2013


SWAT officers assigned to the Special Response Team this afternoon arrested 21-year-old Shantonio Hunter on a grand jury indictment charging her with felony murder, aggravated child abuse and child neglect in connection with the April death of her three-year-old son.  Hunter was taken into custody without incident during a vehicle stop on Gallatin Avenue at Cahal Avenue.
Also indicted on murder, aggravated child abuse and child neglect charges is Hunter’s boyfriend, 31-year-old Donald L. Harris.  Harris has been in jail since his May 15th child abuse arrest in relation to this case.  
Elijah Hunter died shortly after arriving at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital on April 26th.  An ambulance was called to Shantonio Hunter’s N. 12th Street residence after she reported that he had stopped breathing.  Hospital staff reported observing numerous injuries on Elijah’s body, including bruising to his abdomen, chest, back, legs, arms, face and head.  
Youth Services Detective Selene Julia presented the case to the Davidson County Grand Jury after receiving the final autopsy report, which concluded that Elijah Hunter’s death was a homicide as the result of blunt trauma.

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