On May 29, 1999 Patricia Blackmon, age 29, called 911 in Dothan, Alabama because her 28-month old adopted daughter Dominiqua was not breathing.
Eddie Smith, a paramedic in Dothan, arrived at Blackmon's mobile home at around 9:30 p.m. and found Dominiqua lying on the floor of the master bedroom -- she was wearing only a diaper and blood-soaked socks, was covered in vomit, and she was not breathing. There was a large bump on her forehead and blood on her chest. After the paramedics attempted to revive her, she was transported to Flowers Hospital Emergency Room where she died shortly thereafter.
Two doctors examed Dominiqua and found that she had multiple bruises and contusions and an imprint of the sole of a shoe on her chest as well as scars from previous injuries.
The jury convicted Blackmon of capital murder. A separate sentencing hearing was held, at which the State relied on the aggravating circumstance that the murder was especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel to support a death sentence. After the sentencing hearing the jury, by a vote of 10 to 2, recommended that Blackmon be sentenced to death.
In August 2005, Blackmon appealed to the court that her crimes were not deserving of the death penalty because she believed that Dominiqua was knocked unconscious before being beaten and so therefor her crime was not heinous or cruel. Her appeal was turned down.
Patricia Blackmon now sits on death row at Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama.
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