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Mom who pushed tot in swing for 2 days "not criminally responsible"

LA PLATA, Md. -- A judge says Romechia Simms, the woman who was found pushing her three-year-old, Ji'Aire Lee, in a swing for two days is not criminally responsible for the death of her son.

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Romechia Simms and her son WUSA-TV

Simms entered an Alford plea on Count 2 of manslaughter on Monday morning, WUSA9's Stephanie Ramirez reports. She was heard crying in court as events were recounted.

The three-year-old boy was found on a swing at Wills Memorial Park on the morning of May 22. He died of dehydration and hypothermia, according to the Charles County Sheriff's Office.

Officials say the court-appointed psychologist ruled that the 25-year-old mother is schizophrenic and is not a danger. In addition the psychologist ruled that Simms does not understand that her actions were criminal.

Simms mother tells WUSA9 that her daughter's mental illness was sudden, however they tried to get help before this incident happened.

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