Officials said an autopsy, which was being conducted Monday in Atlanta, will determine whether further charges are warranted.
Police have released few details in the case, but according to a police report, the toddler was being disciplined in the corner of his room when he fell to the floor. Smith told police he has a syndrome that causes him to hold his breath until he passes out.
An arrest warrant gives further details. It states that Smith picked up the child and shook him, then slapped him in the face in an attempt to revive him because he has breath holding syndrome. Three hours later, she sought medical attention, the warrant says.
At the hospital, medical staffers found retinal hemorrhaging behind both of the boy’s eyes, minimal brain activity, healing rib fractures on the right side and a herniated bleed on the left side of the brain.