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$1.5 million bonds set for mother, ex-boyfriend charged with murder of toddler

Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 2:32 PM CST
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LAWRENCE CO., Ala. (WAFF) - A $1.5 million bond has been set for both a mother and her ex-boyfriend who are charged with the death of a toddler that died in April 2021.

Jordan Ellan Harmon, 26, and Travius Sebastion Coleman, 28, were arrested and charged with the death of Harmon’s 15-month-old toddler, Emery Michael-Knox Wilson.

Harmon was charged with aggravated child abuse, chemical endangerment of a child and murder. Coleman was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse, one count of chemical endangerment to a child and murder. Both were booked into the Lawrence County Jail on a $1.5 million bond, according to court documents.

Jordan Ellan Harmon was arrested at her place of work according to the sheriff's office.
Jordan Ellan Harmon was arrested at her place of work according to the sheriff's office.(lcso)

Sheriff Max Sanders tells us it’s clear the child was physically harmed more than once. WAFF 48 learned the mother’s ex-boyfriend who was charged in this case has been accused of violence before.

Lawrence County Sheriff Max Sanders says Harmon is a mother of four.

On April 11, 2021, Harmon’s 15-month-old son was picked up by first responders on the side of the highway when he was having trouble breathing.

The next day Emery Wilson died.

“Only the mother was arrested at the time, charged with child abuse. They set a $60,000 bond. She stayed in jail until about September the 17th and then was released on bond,” Sanders said.

We’re told Harmon’s other three children have been in the care of another family member.

Now, about 10 months later, the Sheriffs’ office received the autopsy and toxicology results showing.

“The child died from blunt force, trauma to the head. The child had abrasions, lacerations to the scalp. It’s a 15-month-old child it can’t help itself.”

Sanders says the child also had marijuana in his system. Both Harmon and Coleman were arrested and charged with the child’s murder this week.

WAFF also learned this isn’t Coleman’s first criminal charge. He was arrested for domestic violence, strangulation in 2019. He has since pleaded not guilty. A deputy director with the state’s department of human resources says it’s critical that people report possible abuse, and know that reporters will always remain anonymous.

“Some decisions you don’t get to do over. I’m sure that there are family members and friends of this 15-month-old who have died at the hands of an abuser and wish they had called after the fact, and you don’t get a do-over. So I would call, let the department come out and do what we do,” Amanda Mancuso said.

On Monday, Jan. 25, Coleman was brought in for questioning regarding the results of the autopsy. Deputies say after questioning he was arrested and charged.

The next day, Jan. 26, Harmon was brought in for questioning regarding the results of the autopsy after posting bond on Sept. 17, 2021. The sheriff’s office says she was also arrested and charged after questioning.

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