Police: mom killed 12-year-old son over pain pills

Tasha Parsons (source: Greensburg City Police)
Tasha Parsons (source: Greensburg City Police)
Jeannie Welsh
Jeannie Welsh

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Prosecutors say a woman in Decatur County, Indiana killed her son after he hid her pain medication.

Tasha Parsons, 29, is charged in the death of her 12-year-old son, Devin.

Police say Parsons told them her son stole a Percocet painkillers from her. When he refused to give them back or tell her where the pills were, police say Parsons beat him over a period of hours.

Devin's grandmother Jeannie Welsh, says he told her he didn't want his mother taking the powerful narcotic.

"He said I'm not telling them where those pills are mammaw, I don't care what they do to me," Welsh said. "He didn't want her taking them. He kept telling me over and over: 'Mammaw, I just want my mommy back. That's all I want.'"

Welsh says Devin told her his mom was mean when she took the pills.

The Decatur County prosecutor's office filed murder charges Monday.

Police say Parsons told them she beat Devin for hours with her hands, feet, a belt and a metal tray before the boy lapsed into unconsciousness on June 3. Police found his body in a bedroom around 3:30 that afternoon.

Police have also charged Waldo L. Jones with endangering the life or health of a dependent. Authorities say Jones lives with Parsons and was present during parts of the attack. Court documents say he helped clean the child's wounds but never sought help.

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