NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The mother of a 13-month-old boy killed in a crash on River Road could be charged with second-degree murder, according to court documents obtained Tuesday.
Investigators said Melissa Henderson was driving a white Yukon XL with her son, 13-month-old James Andrews III, and daughter, two-year-old Jacquelyn Andrews, the morning of April 24 when she drove off of the road and hit a tree causing the car to catch fire.
James was pronounced dead at the scene. Henderson and her daughter were rushed to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
The search warrant states Henderson had multiple prescription and illegal narcotics in her system the day of the accident. It also says Henderson was driving without a valid driver’s license.
A detective with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office filed the search warrant to obtain blood samples and medical records for Henderson.
Based on the evidence and findings, the search warrant says Henderson could be charged with second-degree murder.
A concerned citizen called 911 prior to the crash to report a SUV was “all over the road.” Several other witnesses reported they saw a SUV drive on the opposite side of the road as well as off the road approximately five miles from the location of the crash.
Henderson’s boyfriend and the father of the two children involved in the crash told detectives he last saw Henderson at their residence on Old Brick Road around 6:30 on the morning of the crash. He said Henderson was planning on going to the grocery store later in the day.
According to the document, the boyfriend also confirmed to investigators the Department of Social Services has been investigating their family. He said DSS expressed concerns over drug tests.
District Attorney Ben David said no charges have been filed in the case at this time.