Friday, September 30, 2016

Angela M. Bingham

Angela M. Bingham was arrested Tuesday, September 27, 2016, after police said she confessed to killing her 3-year-old grandson, Rilan M. Everett, more than a week ago. She's charged with first-degree murder, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier. Bingham is being held at the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution. Bail is set at $1,000,000 cash.

About 8:38 a.m. Tuesday, state troopers and Kent County Paramedics responded to a home in the first block of Skinner Lane after Bingham called 911. Bingham left the house during the 911 call and was found walking near Reeves Crossing and South Du Pont Highway She was detained by a Felton Police officer. Paramedics and troopers then entered the home and found a child's body in a bedroom in a state of decomposition.

Court records revealed that Bingham confessed to suffocating her grandson on Sunday, Sept. 18 with a washcloth while he lay in bed. The young boy, who was awake, struggled as she held the cloth over his mouth and nose. She removed the washcloth when the boy no longer struggled, according to court records.

Bingham told authorities she stuffed towels around the bedroom door and burned incense to mask the smell of her grandson's decomposing body. Bingham said she had her grandson because her daughter left to be with a boyfriend.

The Delaware Division of Forensic Science was contacted and removed the boy from the scene to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.