Mother Now Charged After Death Of Six Month Old Baby

The mother of a baby who died last week at Pitt County Memorial Hospital has been charged with child abuse.

Doniesha Core was arrested Friday by Goldsboro police for negligent child abuse with serious bodily injury.

Police say six month old Diamond Smith was brought into Wayne Memorial Hospital by her parents with fractured ribs and unexplained bleeding on the brain. She died two days later at PCMH.

Police have already charged the baby's father, Ronald Smith, with murder.


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Goldsboro police have arrested the father of a baby who died Friday at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Ronald Smith was charged with one count of murder and is being held without bond.

Police say six-month-old Diamond Smith was brought to Wayne Memorial Hospital on Wednesday with fractured ribs and unexplained bleeding on the brain.


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A death investigation is underway after a 6-month-old baby died.

Goldsboro police say on Wednesday DSS notified them that Diamond Smith was admitted to Wayne Memorial Hospital with fractured ribs and unexplained bleeding on the brain. The baby was airlifted to PCMH and died Friday afternoon in the hospital's pediatric ICU.

Police say their investigation into the baby's death is ongoing.


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  • by cindy Location: greenville on Oct 30, 2009 at 04:51 PM
    The mother was arrested because the police based a lot of information from what the doctors said from the doctor report. Keep in mind police aren't going to arrest her unless they have reason. She probably seen the father act out before and she chose to not say anything because of her feelings for the father. If she had spoken up earlier then this baby could have been protected. I think she chose to be quiet thinking he would change. There is a lot of information that is not up here that the doctors and police KNOW! You don't get these injuries by accidently dropping a baby or a baby falling & the doctors know that. Yeah the mother was gone at the time of this accident but it probably wasn't the first time, police figured that out, she knew but was nieve, young, dumb and didn't think this could actually happen. I feel for her, but she needs some type of punishment too. The father, DEATH PENALTY! God bless the other family members for losing a baby girl that was an angel. Facts will come
  • by tsharra Location: goldsboro on Oct 25, 2009 at 05:38 PM
    this is ridiculous she need to made an example out of. i have 3 kids and love them dearly. i would never do anything to hurt my kids. she deserves to be punish for this. children are blessings not burden. if you dont want them DONT HAVE THEM.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2009 at 05:36 PM
    Not a tear to be found. Stoic Dad and 'whatever' Mom look. No remorse? No guilt?
  • by I ♥ Jesus on Oct 23, 2009 at 03:52 PM
    OutsideLookingIn, I agree. Your child is half you half their other parent. To fully love and be devoted to your child you must love and be devoted to their father. And to love your child's father you should be bound together through the lord. I am so tired of hearing stories like this. Children need and deserve two parents who love them unconditionally, if you can't provide that then there are plenty of married couples that can. To love our children we must love their father, both their father on earth and in heaven. God bless.
  • by hello Location: goldsboro,nc on Oct 23, 2009 at 03:51 PM
    Both so-called parents should face the death penalty.This is an innocent child who died at the hands of non caring animals.Please let me be on the jury.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2009 at 02:53 PM
    To Outsidelookingin. I AGREE WITH YOU TOTALLY! Nice to see the SOME PEOPLE are still moral human beings that don't regard marriage as 'just a peice of paper'. No respect for themselves. Hefers given the milk away and when they are done with each other (with no regard for the child) they just divorce and shack up with another loser with no moral compass. Just like them. If anyone does not like my comment. I must be talking about YOU. I don't give a RIP if you don't like it. The kids always suffer and the parents RARELY care. It a me me world.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Oct 23, 2009 at 02:47 PM
    obama and congress are working to pass a "hate crime" law. When are the same people going to help our children? The lawmakers of this country seem to think our children are of no importance, how many hate crimes do you hear of as compared to crimes against children.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Oct 23, 2009 at 02:21 PM
    Posted by: J Location: Gville on Oct 23, 2009 at 04:41 PM OUTSIDELOOKINGIN...How DARE YOU judge someone just because they have a baby and arent married. YOU DO NOT have to be married to be a mother and a father. First of all, I have not judged anyone. Yes, you're right; you can have a child and not get married. But marriage is what binds two people together; the vows they take for better, for worse, in sickness, in health. If you just 'have a baby' cuz you're 'into each other' you have not fulfilled God's requirement that you make marriage vows; course, there are also issues about discontinuing public assistance when you marry. Then, you must file as a couple, and your joint wages come into the equation.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    Doniesha Core is listed as her name, and Diamond Smith is the name given to the infant. The Father's name is given as Ronald Smith. Why are the names different?
  • by J Location: Gville on Oct 23, 2009 at 01:41 PM
    OUTSIDELOOKINGIN...How DARE YOU judge someone just because they have a baby and arent married. YOU DO NOT have to be married to be a mother and a father. I agree with A TRUE mother and father would not treat their children this way but please dont base the ignorance of these 2 undeserving of children individuals on everyone else who may be someone responsible un wed parents. (I am not one of them but I have friends that are)........People are disgusting to do this to a child and they should both be SPAYED and NEUTERED (like pets) so they cannot have any more kids, if they did this intentionally.
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