JACKSON, MS – Makaylia Shaylynn Jolley, a 21-year-old Mississippi mother has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after committing a brutal crime that led to the death of her 2-month-old daughter.
On May 12, 2022, in a horrific scene witnessed by multiple bystanders, Jolley was seen assaulting her baby daughter Khalysie Lashay Jolley. She repeatedly slammed the infant on the concrete, which caused the child serious injuries that ultimately cost her life. The distressed baby was quickly rushed to the hospital after this violent assault. However, despite emergency treatment, she died two days later from extensive injuries. These injuries included significant brain swelling, skull fractures, eye hemorrhages, and fractures to her thumb and rib.
After fleeing the scene of the crime and hiding in a nearby woods, Jolley was later apprehended and taken into custody. While she was being held in custody by police, she admitted to harming her baby. She alleged, however, that it was an unintended accident. On further probing, she admitted to having used drugs on the day of the attack.
Following her indictment on capital murder last November, Jolley has now been sentenced to life imprisonment. The sentence came after a plea deal offered to Jolley to spare the traumatic experience of trial for the witnesses, the family, and law enforcement officials, who bore witness to the brutal event.