Mother Charged with First-Degree Murder in Death of Her 2-Year-Old Son

A Memphis mother accused of beating her 2-year-old son to death has been arrested and put behind bars.

Davida Wooden, 25, was arrested after her son was found unresponsive on Thursday. 

“That’s sad. Right before Mother’s Day? That’s sad,” Natasha Neighbors said. (

Wooden confessed to police on Thursday that she beat her son with a belt inside the Spring Court Apartments near the University of Memphis.

The beating was discipline to get his attention, according to the report. She also said he fell down some stairs and hit his head on the bathtub.

Police said she refused to take him to the hospital for help and on Friday morning, the boy was declared dead.

“You’re never supposed to beat a child like that. That’s a baby. You’re never supposed to hurt a child like that,” Neighbors said. (

What the medical examiner discovered is extremely horrifying. The boy had a torn kidney and spleen, large bruises, and blunt force trauma to his head. Over half of the child’s blood was found in his abdomen. 

“Obviously she’s no mother if she did that to her child,” neighbor Tyler Polk said. (

Micheal Armstrong who is a neighbor in the apartment complex said Wooden and her son just moved there last month.

“I just saw the crime scene and was wondering that day what was going on. We never really saw the kid come outside that much. Like how we’re outside playing, we never really seen the kid at all,” Armstrong said. (

Wooden is charged with aggravated child abuse, aggravated child neglect, and first-degree murder. This is the first time she had been arrested in Shelby County.

Chris Luther contacted a man on Facebook who identified himself as the father’s child but he did not respond.

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