A distraught young mother ended her life by walking into oncoming traffic just hours after the mysterious death of her 14-month-old son, Omoyele Gonzales.
According to the Canton Repository, police were called on Thursday around 7:30 pm to Kayelisa Martin’s Ohio residence after relatives said that she was suicidal. At the same time, investigators say that a relative of the 20-year-old mother showed up at a nearby Canton fire station to report that a toddler was dead. By the time officers arrived at the home, Martin was gone.
They reportedly tried to track the grieving mother down, but were later informed that she had “committed suicide by walking in front of a moving vehicle at milepost 115 near Akron-Canton Airport.” She was pronounced dead at the scene.
As for the deceased toddler, the Stark County Coroner’s office conducted an autopsy to determine his cause of death; however, initial reports returned inconclusive.
“Preliminary autopsy findings showed that the child did not die of any trauma,” Stark County coroner P.S. Murthy revealed in a statement.
Canton Police Department Captain Dave Davis say that they’re still trying to piece together exactly what happened.
“At this point, we don’t know when the infant was deceased or where that happened,” Davis said. “We’re still investigating that aspect of it.”
Before the child’s death, investigators say the he and his mother were involved in a car accident. According to reports, Martin was driving a black Nissan Maxima when she lost control of the vehicle. She told officers that the steering wheel began to shake when she attempted to turn into a gas station and she couldn’t stop the car. As a result, the vehicle jumped the curb and struck a fire hydrant before sliding across a yard and hitting some shrubbery and landscaping rocks. The car eventually came to a stop on the lawn of another home. She was cited for not operating a vehicle within reasonable control; however, it remains unclear if this holds any relevance to their deaths.