Vastie Shakira Coleman Charged in Death of Son, Age 4, Bayou Body Count No. 100

The Harris County Sheriff's Office has charged Vastie Shakira Coleman with injury to a child -- serious bodily injury, after she is believed to have beaten her four-year-old son, Kyron Barnes, to death with a cord, according to reports from the Sheriff's office and KHOU.

According to reports, the boy was unresponsive when paramedics arrived and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Children's Protective Services told KHOU that older injuries were found on the child. Two other children, ages six and eight, were taken from the home by CPS.

Coleman is being held without bond in the Harris County Jail.

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