Grand jury indicts woman in the murder of 5-month-old baby on Okaloosa Island

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OKALOOSA ISLAND, Fla. (WKRG) — An Okaloosa County Grand Jury has indicted a woman in the shooting death of her 5-month-old son on March 25.

Maria Rodriguez-Barnes was indicted on charges of first-degree premeditated murder.

She was treated for a self-inflicted gun shot after sending a suicidal text message to her husband, according to the state attorney’s office.

The baby, Jaxxon, was found dead inside her car in a parking lot near the boardwalk on Okaloosa Island.

She could face the death penalty or life in prison.


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