Tennessee mom leaps from overpass with baby, killing both

Tennessee mom leaps from overpass with baby, killing both


A depressed Tennessee mom who had just lost her job at a COVID-19 testing center leaped off a highway overpass cradling her baby boy, killing them both, authorities say.

“It’s heartbreaking,’’ Madison County Sheriff John Mehr told local ABC-TV affiliate WBBJ of the early Monday tragedy.

Distraught mom Tonisha Lashay Barker, 26, appeared hellbent on killing herself and her 21-month-old son, Johnathan Jones — first trying to ram their car into a pump at a gas station outside of Jackson, authorities told the outlet.

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When that initial suicide bid proved unsuccessful, the mom got out of the car with her boy and walked away, officials said, quoting witnesses.

Minutes later, a trucker reported a “large object’’ had fallen from a nearby overpass and hit his rig — and authorities soon found the pair’s dead bodies on the roadway, CBS-TV affiliate WREG said.

Barker’s grandmother told the outlet that the tragic young mom suffered from depression and had lost her

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