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Mother arrested for child abuse, death of baby

Mackenzie Katlyn Reed (Courtesy NHCSO)

WILMINGTON — A 24-year-old woman is in jail after being arrested Wednesday for felony child abuse.

Mackenzie Katlyn Reed of Wilmington faces three charges in total, including involuntary manslaughter and child abuse/neglect serious physical injury. 

Investigators with the Wilmington Police Department have been looking into the case, which took place last fall on Oct. 3 shortly after 2:30 a.m. According to a release from WPD, the incident happened in the 800 block of Castle Street, when officers responded to an unconscious infant who was not breathing.

First responders attempted life-saving measures, but the infant passed away. Officers say Reed was sleeping with the infant and sometime in the middle of the night suffocated the baby.

In 2022, detectives found another child of Reed’s had died, with whom she was co-sleeping with as well.

Charges were brought forth due to investigations from the Wilmington Police Department Special Victims Unit, in conjunction with the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office.

Reed has a $500,000 secured bond.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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