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2/19 UPDATE: Ms. Ashburn is due in Franklin Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for a determination of counsel hearing.

FRANKLIN- A 24-year-old Franklin woman is facing murder charges for the death of her 6-year-old son.

Franklin police say Shameyer Ronnice Ashburn is responsible for the child's death.

Police responded to a room at the Days Inn Motel in Franklin early Wednesday morning in response to an unresponsive child. The boy was pronounced dead at Southampton Memorial Hospital.

The investigation led police to charge the child's mother, Ashburn, with the murder of her son. She is currently being held without bond at the Tidewater Regional Jail.

The father of the victim is already in jail serving time for a 2012 murder. Ashburn wasn't married to Rasheed Brown, but they had a son together.

Police say the motive behind the killing is still unclear.

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