Hill called police from The Lodge Hotel in Bridgeton, Missouri, where she was living at the time, on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. Officers found her 2-and-a-half-month-old son, who was unresponsive, and her other child, a toddler, in the room with Hill.
The infant was immediately hospitalized, where he was pronounced dead from severe malnourishment. He weighed six pounds.
Prosecutors said Hill did not feed the infant for about 12 hours before she found him unresponsive.
Missouri Circuit Attorney Jerome McDonald said when the boy was about six weeks old, he had been hospitalized for vomiting blood and having trouble breathing.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Makayla Hill’s husband had assaulted her a week prior to the child’s death, and she had been placed at the Lodge Hotel by a woman’s shelter.