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Sibley mother indicted in death of infant son

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Brittany Tyson, 19 (Source: Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center) Brittany Tyson, 19 (Source: Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center)
4-month-old Riley Tyson was found lifeless in his playpen in his mother's Southwood Apartments home in Sibley. 4-month-old Riley Tyson was found lifeless in his playpen in his mother's Southwood Apartments home in Sibley.
SIBLEY, LA (KSLA) -

A Sibley mother has been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of her infant son.

19-year-old Brittany Tyson was arrested in July, after her 4-month-old son Riley Tyson was found lifeless in his playpen inside the Southwood Apartments home where she was staying with friends.

Investigators say Tyson gave conflicting statements to deputies about what led up to Riley's death, but admitted that the child would not stop crying and screaming and started and that she had shaken the infant "very hard." Investigators say Tyson told them the baby's head rocked back and forth "3 or 4 times," and that the baby quit crying and screaming and started to wimper and close his eyes.

Tyson says she placed the baby into the playpen around 4:30 that afternoon and did not check again around 7:30 p.m. and discovered he was not breathing.

An autopsy found that the child had suffered neck injuries and cerebral edema, consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

Tyson is also facing charges of possession of marijuana and of drug paraphernalia, because investigators say they found an unfinished marijuana cigarette underneath the child's playpen and other paraphernalia around the home.

Three others inside the apartment at the time are also facing marijuana and paraphernalia charges: Lauren Lewis, Megan Lewis and Kayla Ensminger. No ages were given.

Brittany Tyson was already out on bail on a charge of cruelty to a juvenile for allegedly burning the same child on the leg. She remains in custody, held on $1 million bond.

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