Mother charged in death of 5-month-old son

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say a mother has been charged with having killed her 5-month-old son, who was found dead in a north Philadelphia home over the weekend.

Thirty-five-year-old Nadirah Al-Kaabah is charged with murder, child endangerment and possessing an instrument of crime.

Capt. Jason Smith said officers were called to the Tioga home just before 9:30 a.m. Saturday and found Nyeem Kitchen unresponsive with what Smith called "obvious bruising" to the face and neck.

Police allege that Al-Kaabah struck the child with objects in the room such as a remote control and some kind of musical toy. Smith said she has 16 prior arrests on charges including aggravated assault and assault on a police officer.

Court documents indicate she will be represented by the Defender Association of Philadelphia; her attorney declined comment.

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