SHOCK: Meriel Bemis, 21, was arrested early Monday morning for murdering her three-year-old daughter Lela Bemis in her DeKalb County, Ga., apartment. Her boyfriend called 911 Sunday night when he found the child dead in her apartment.
Police say Lela Bemis’ was found at the Landmark Mountain View apartment complex in Stone Mountain. Police said an argument between the child’s mother and her boyfriend prompted him to leave the home. She called him shortly thereafter to say Lela Bemis was unconscious.
Bemis’ boyfriend tried to revive the child but was unsuccessful. Lela Bemis was pronounced dead at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Investigators haven’t said how the child died but have decided to charge Meriel Bemis with felony murder.
An autopsy on Lela Bemis is pending. Her mother is expected to make her first court appearance on Tuesday.
UPDATE: According to 11 Alive News, Meriel Bemis suffocated her daughter with a pillow after her boyfriend said he was breaking up with with her.