Mom Charged With Suffocating Toddler Remains in Jail

Meriel Kathleen Bemis, 21, of Stone Mountain remains in jail on a charge of murder in the death of her 3-year-old daughter.

Meriel Kathleen Bemis, 21, of Stone Mountain remains in jail on a charge of murder in the death of her daughter. File|Patch
Meriel Kathleen Bemis, 21, of Stone Mountain remains in jail on a charge of murder in the death of her daughter. File|Patch

A court hearing was postponed Friday for a 21-year-old DeKalb County mother charged with felony murder for allegedly suffocating her 3-year-old daughter.

Meriel Kathleen Bemis, 21, who reportedly lives in the Landmark at Mountain View Apartments near Stone Mountain, was arrested following the Feb. 23 death of her 3-year-old daughter.

The girl, Lela Bemis, was pronounced dead on arrival at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, after her mother’s boyfriend had called police. Merial Bemis reportedly told police she killed the child because she was upset over a break-up with her boyfriend, says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A bond hearing scheduled Friday for Bemis was not held because the judge scheduled to hear the case was not in court.

It is unclear when Bemis will have an opportunity to seek bond.

Kim Jacobson March 22, 2014 at 06:36 AM
What is with these idiots MURDERING their children? This one says she did it because of a break-up with her boyfriend REALLY??? God gave her that child NOW she will answer to God for KILLING her innocent child!! I TRULY PRAY that the JUDGE in this case puts her under the PRISON for the rest of her SORRY LIFE!!!
Brett March 23, 2014 at 04:00 PM
Agree Kim but you know it won't go that way. We'll house and feed the animal in prison for a few years, and then we'll house and feed her when she gets out. She's only 21 so she'll have time to make several more babies we'll pay for too.
Kim Jacobson March 24, 2014 at 06:29 AM
Brett, I know that but one of the stipulations should be that she be sterilized where she will NEVER be able to have anymore children!! We have a situation here in Bartow County where the "mom" and her boyfriend MURDERED her 1 year old daughter less than a year from the time the biological dad was also found dead! Something is fishy in that situation as well!! And the Judge that took away her parental rights of her oldest son let her have it!! You can read all about it in the Daily Tribune News under the story headlines Cowart sibling still in DFACS custody!! This baby was SEVERELY ABUSED she had 5 broken ribs a lacerated liver, several other broken bones! Her femur bone was at one time broken and her toes! And when they tried to attempt CPR the babies insides started coming out of her rectum since some of her organs had all ready died!! I truly hope that they go for the DEATH PENALTY in these cases!! And last night there was another "boyfriend" charged in the MURDER of a nine month old! Something needs to be done to keep this from happening!!
Brett March 24, 2014 at 07:24 AM
Again I agree Kim. But it's wishful thinking to believe it will ever happen. We'll pay for her and her future children, and their children, etc. It's the American way.


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