Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced that Shaniqua Jones, 22 years old, previously residing in the 1300 block of Pine Cone Circle in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was found guilty by a jury of Second Degree Felony Murder and Child Abuse/Neglect. The jury recommended she serve 13 years and six (6) months in prison. Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien, who presided over the three-day jury trial, will formally sentence Jones on August 14, 2013.
The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on November 27, 2011, 19-month-old Kimauri Williams was brought to Virginia Beach General Hospital by his mother, Shaniqua Jones, and her live-in boyfriend, Alvin Gatewood. Despite the fact that Kimauri was not breathing and his body was limp, Gatewood and Jones parked their car, casually strolled into the hospital, and filled out paperwork. Neither Gatewood nor Kimauri’s mother yelled for help or indicated to the hospital staff that the baby needed emergency care. The first nurse to examine Kimauri immediately recognized that he was dead or dying and directed the couple to rush Kimauri to a treatment room. Kimauri was pronounced deceased at the hospital. He had severe bruising all over his body due to multiple beatings over multiple days. An autopsy revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the abdomen with contributing head trauma.
Detectives with the Virginia Beach Police Department began investigating Kimauri’s death. Through the investigation, they learned that Alvin Gatewood had been responsible for the vast majority of Kimauri’s care in the days leading up to his death. In the hours leading up to his death, Kimauri was vomiting, crying, and could not stand up without being supported. Neither Alvin Gatewood nor Shaniqua Jones sought medical treatment for him during this time.
On March 14, 2013, Gatewood was found guilty by a jury of Second Degree Felony Murder and Child Abuse/Neglect. The jury recommended he serve 40 years in prison. Judge A. Bonwill Shockley, who presided over Gatewood’s jury trial, will formally sentence him on June 19, 2013.
Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Philip C. Hollowell and Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Kristin L. Paulding prosecuted the case. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.