A Shelby Township mother is charged with 2nd degree murder after her 2-year-old son was left locked alone inside a minivan.
The boy later died from heat stroke. The Macomb County prosecutor says his mother, 21-year-old Audrionna Rhoades, is at fault for the death.
Rhoades also is charged with one count of child abuse -- leaving a child in a vehicle resulting in death.
Police and prosecutors say Rhoades left 2-year-old James Nelson buckled to the seat in the minivan about 8:30 a.m. Rhoades' roommate noticed the boy's foot through the window at about 6 p.m. that day.
The child was taken out of the van and rushed to Beaumont Hospital where he died a short time later.
“This mother showed a reckless disregard for the safety of her child," said Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith. "Our office will use every resource to seek justice for James Nelson."
Rhoades is in police custody and will be arraigned Wednesday morning.