Lorain police sort through mother's, babysitter's stories in death of 3-month-old

Jovan Cooper says she wants justice for her son. (Source: WOIO)
Jovan Cooper says she wants justice for her son. (Source: WOIO)

LORAIN, OH (WOIO) - A Lorain mom wants answers after she left her young children in the care of a babysitter. She says she came home from work to find her 3-month-old baby boy dead.

She is devastated and wants justice for her son.

"My son was an innocent child that was 3 1/2 months old, and all I did was go to work," said Jovan Cooper.

Cooper keeps reliving the day, just over a week ago, when she found her baby Nicholas dead in his crib.

"I picked my baby up, I tried reviving my son. Told the babysitter, 'Get up, get up, there's something wrong with Nicholas.' All she said was, 'Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God,'" she said.

Hours earlier, Cooper left her four children -- ages 3 months to 4 years old -- in the care of a 13-year-old babysitter before heading to a night shift at work.

Cooper says the babysitter's mom was supposed to show up to help out.

"My son was pronounced dead at 7 a.m. I'm not home until after 7," Cooper said. "She had a phone, her mom should've been here. Why didn't she knock on a neighbor's door and call me?"

Cooper says her four-year-old daughter saw the babysitter beat Nicholas that night.

Lorain police have not released exactly how the baby died. They say they found a small amount of blood on his nose and small marks on his cheeks.

Cooper told police when she first came home and checked on the baby he seemed fine, but an hour later, he was unresponsive.

"No parent should have to go through what I went through this past week with my children," she said.

She's shocked the 13-year-old girl has not been charged.

"There should've been an arrest, there should've been an arrest the day I found my son," Cooper said.

Cooper says she will not rest until she gets answers.

"I just want justice for my son Nicholas, nothing more, nothing less," she said.

Lorain police have not made any arrests in this case.

Police say the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner is handling the baby's autopsy. They say their pathologist is out of town, and it may take up to 90 days until they get that report, which will then be sent to the county prosecutor.

According to the police report, the babysitter told detectives she fed Nicholas that night, but he woke up crying. She said she put him back in the crib after he calmed down. Then she says she went to sleep and woke up to Cooper yelling for her to call 911.

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