A 29-year-old Cleveland mother will spend life in prison after pleading guilty to murder.
On May 17, Kimberly Black, along with the 29-year-old female victim Sharice Swain, and two other women were sitting in a car parked in the driveway of Black's residence on East 125th Street in Cleveland. Black and Swain both smoked cigarettes laced with PCP prior to entering the vehicle. Once inside the vehicle, all four women began drinking alcohol and listening to music.
After a short while, Black, who was seated in the passenger seat, became extremely paranoid. She then removed a razor blade from her pocket and slit Swains throat, who was seated in the driver's seat of the vehicle. Black and the two other women exited the vehicle when Swain attempted to drive herself to the hospital.
Swain then struck the 2-year-old daughter of Black, Kymshia Ruffin, with the vehicle. Swain and Ruffin both died as a result of their injuries.
On November 20, Black pleaded guilty to one count of Aggravated Murder, one count of Murder, and two counts of Endangering Children.