Johnson City Police Charge Mother in Death of Child

UPDATED: Johnson City Police Chief Brent Dodge and Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell announced Friday afternoon the arrest of Shakia J. Crute, for Manslaughter, in the second degree, in the death of 11-year-old Jerome Smith Jr. Crute is the mother of the victim.


SHAKIA J. CRUTE, DOB: 12/01/1988
125.15 Manslaughter, in the second degree, a Class C Felony.


According to the felony complaint, Crute, on February 2, 2019, on Burbank Avenue, in the Village of Johnson City, did recklessly cause the death of Jerome Smith Jr. The investigation is ongoing, and no further information will be released at this time. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.



UPDATED: The Johnson City Police Department is releasing the identity of the 11 year old child who passed away on Saturday in Johnson City. The boy’s name is Jerome Smith of Burbank Avenue in Johnson City. The investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death is still ongoing.



Johnson City police had little to add Tuesday in ther investigation into the death of an 11-year old child who passed away on Saturday at a residence in Johnson City.


The circumstances and cause of death have not been determined, said Chief Brett Dodge, but police are investigating it as a “suspicious” death. An autopsy has been performed.


Johnson City police are not able to release the child’s name or other details at this time. The child reportedly attends 5th grade at an elementary school in Johnson City. Counselors were reportedly at the school to talk with students about their classmate’s death.


The statement was written by Johnson City Police Chief Brett Dodge.