More charges filed in child death

By DeeAnna Haney | Jun 24, 2013

A Canton woman faces even more felony charges in connection with her 4-year-old stepson's suspicious death nearly one year ago.

Julia Phillips Swayngim, 23, was charged with accessory after the fact June 12 and was indicted by a Haywood County Grand Jury on two more felony charges last week.

Her husband, Michael Swayngim, could face the death penalty if found guilty of murdering his son, Jake. Through investigation, detectives have found reason to believe that Julia Swayngim lied for her husband during an interview.

An autopsy revealed the child died from blunt force trauma to the head caused by at least two traumatic brain injuries.

Julia Swayngim also faces charges now for aiding and abetting possession of a firearm by a felon and aiding and abetting felony child abuse. She is due in Superior Court July 22.





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