A Pitt County family wants answers as the death of their two-year-old cousin and goddaughter makes national news.
19-year-old Alexus Washington of Greenville remained in a Georgia jail after Atlanta police said she was found near a Greyhound bus station holding her unresponsive daughter, Ty’mia Simpson. Simpson was later pronounced dead.
Gabby Maye and Me’gan Thomas were Simpson’s cousins and godmothers. They were shocked when they heard of her death.
“How? Why? What happened? Why she not home?” Me’gan Thomas asked.
“As the day went on, we got more information,” Maye said. “We were like what was she doing there anyway? We didn’t know she was gone.”
Maye and Thomas remembered Simpson as someone who was especially talkative and could light up the room.
“She just loved people,” Maye said. “She never met a stranger. She was just an adorable little girl.”
Both felt Simpson was in an unsafe environment with her mother, but they declined to elaborate further.
Pitt County Department of Social Services director Jan Elliott said her agency was involved with Washington and Simpson.
She said someone from her department did see Simpson last week, but she declined to elaborate further.
Maye and Thomas said they’re taking it one day at a time and are preparing for Simpson’s funeral.