La Plata Woman Found Not Criminally Responsible for Her Son’s death

February 22, 2016
Simms, Romechia Marie

Romechia Marie Simms

Today in Charles County Circuit Court, Romechia Marie Simms entered a guilty plea to Involuntary Manslaughter for the May 22, 2015, death of her 3-year-old son Ji’Aire Lee. On that date, police found Simms in a park in La Plata pushing her dead son in a swing. Simms was reportedly in the park for 2 days and her son had been dead for some hours prior to their discovery.

An autopsy showed that Ji’Aire died from hypothermia and dehydration.

After accepting Simms’s plea, Judge H. James West then went on to determine that Simms was Not Criminally Responsible for her son’s death. This decision was based on the expert opinion of three doctors — one appointed by the Court — all of whom concluded Simms suffered from a mental disorder at the time of the crime which prevented her from appreciating the criminality of her behavior and conforming her conduct to the requirements of the law. The Court also determined, again based on the unanimous opinion of the three experts, that Simms, at this time, is not a danger to herself or to others. By virtue of the Not Criminally Responsible verdict, Simms ordinarily would have been committed to the health department for placement in a mental health institution. But due to the finding of not being dangerous and the agreement of the parties, the Court was able to release Simms from that commitment under certain conditions. The Court did in fact decide to release her from the commitment and the Court issued an Order of Conditional Release which essentially imposed conditions on Simms regarding her treatment and monitoring by the Health Department. Simms, who was not in custody because she had posted bond months ago, was free to leave the Courthouse with the directive to abide by her conditions of release.

Tony Covington, the State’s Attorney for Charles County, agreed with the conclusions of the experts. He indicated, while he might not like the expert conclusions, he had no evidence to controvert them. Mr. Covington also agreed that the Court made the appropriate findings and rulings given the law that applies to these types of cases. Mr. Covington, however, did express his frustration over this tragic loss of life. Covington said, “Ji’Aire Lee should still be alive today. He is not here with us because his mother, who knew she had a mental illness, did not remain vigilant in her own mental health treatment. As a direct result of that she slipped back into the illness that eventually caused her to be unable to care for her child. And Ji’Aire died because of that neglect. While we can search for others that may have failed Ji’Aire, ultimately it boils down to Romechia’s failure to maintain her mental health regimen. My heart goes out to this family, but I have to be honest about it: Ji’Aire Lee’s death was preventable.”

18 Responses to La Plata Woman Found Not Criminally Responsible for Her Son’s death

  1. Keepin It Real on February 22, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Comments meltdown in 3, 2, 1….

  2. TrickDaddy on February 22, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Looks like Kimbo Slice, when he had hair! Just keep the crazy bee otch away from any other kids and keep her on a tight leash.

  3. Yo-Mamma on February 23, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Nice name. Serious, who comes up with that crap?

    • Giggity Goo on February 23, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      I’m thinking either a dart board or the spin of a wheel. Either way, what are these parents thinking??

    • KeepingItReal on February 24, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Welcome to America

  4. Anonymous on February 23, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Sad, very sad

  5. Steve on February 23, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Well the court system fails again, POS responsible for killing her kid goes home to Mama’s house, can’t wait to get knocked up again and do it all over again. Way to go Judge, sounds like a perfect Judge for our new Urban crap hole.

    • Christie on February 23, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      So glad you sat through the whole trial and were able to report back what happened.

  6. Anonymous on February 23, 2016 at 8:38 am

    She needs to be sterilized so can never breed again. Worthless POS!!

  7. MarineVet on February 23, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Total BS…

    So she is too crazy to understand the criminality of her actions… Maryland’s solution?… let her out to walk the streets and breed some more…

    Unbelievable…

    I feel for that childs father

  8. WaldorfIsAGhetto on February 23, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Good ole’ Judge West. Another outstanding ruling as you have become known for. Now if the father reversed roles with Momma Swinger and HE was pronounced Coo Coo then ole’ West would have sentenced him to life and said the Dr’s were wrong. UnFrikingReal! Then you let baby breeder go home??!!!??!

    • Dirt on February 24, 2016 at 8:33 am

      3 experts made the decision, not West.

      P.S. I think this POS should be committed. It makes me cringe knowing this beast is walking among us.

  9. PrayersFor2016 on February 23, 2016 at 10:49 am

    This is absolutely insane. How do you kill your child and get away with it???? Wonder how many other adults will try this “Schizophrenic” move??? It’s real nice that she is no longer a threat to herself or anyone else. Clearly not to her child- because he is gone. How can this ruling be right in any kind of way??????

    • Keepin It Real on February 23, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      You really drive the point home with the excessive use of question marks. Bravo.

      • BuckWyld on February 23, 2016 at 11:09 pm

        Obviously a big fan of the Riddler! Very heavy on the dramatic, needs to reassess those meds!

  10. Tell You What on February 24, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Funny how people are suddenly ruled as mentally unstable when they’re in court but what about their mental status prior to their court date? Really funny how it doesn’t matter until they injure or kill someone. I guess that’s the court’s way of saying thanks for eliminating another potential criminal.

  11. Anonymous on February 24, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    She looks ashy as hell

  12. ChuckD on February 25, 2016 at 9:04 am

    So Trayvon’s girlfriend got some braids, how nice!