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Women on Death Row - Kenisha Berry

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Kenisha Berry

Women on Death Row (Tx)

Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Crime Committed:

On November 29, 1998, in Jefferson County, Texas, 20-year-old Kenisha Berry placed duct tape across the body and mouth of her 4-day-old son, placed him in a black plastic trash bag and left his body in a trash dumpster, resulting in his death. She was convicted of murder in February 2004 and sentenced to death.

The 4-day-old dead child, named by concerned neighbors as Baby Hope, was not identified until five years later after another newborn child, Paris, was found abandoned in a ditch during the hot month of June 2003. The child was covered in hundreds of fire-ant bites which resulted in her being hospitalized for almost a month due to seizures brought on by the bites.

A tipster told police that Berry was Paris' mother and she eventually turned herself in. A DNA test proved that Berry was also the mother of Baby Hope. She also showed investigators where she had thrown a pillowcase that she had wrapped around Paris. It was in the same trash can where Baby Hope was discovered.

According to court records Berry gave birth to the two children at home and kept their births a secret. She had three other children that appeared to be unharmed.

Past employment records show that Berry worked for four months as a prison guard at Dayton prison and as a day care worker at in Beaumont around the time of her arrest.

Update: Berry's sentence was changed to life in prison because the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that prosecutors failed to show that she would be danger to society in the future.

For the death of Baby Hope, she is to serve a prison sentence of at least 40 years before being eligible for parole. For throwing Paris in a ditch of fire ants, Berry received an additional 20 year sentence.

General Information About Kenisha Berry

  • Date of Birth - Dec. 26, 1977

  • Age at Time of Offense - 20

  • Education - 10 years

  • Prior Prison Record - None

  • Location of Crime - Jefferson County, Texas

  • Race and Gender of Victim - 1 Black/Male
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