Mother of slain 3-year-old reacts to suspect behind bars

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – The mother of 3-year-old Ja’Seyon Green finally has some clarity.

“My main goal was just for them to catch the person who did this to her,” Kemyasha Green said. “How can you live knowing that you killed a three-year-old child?

Montgomery police have charged a 23-year-old man Jerome Pettiway for shooting the young boy.

Little information is available as to why this all happened, but court records claim the man shot the child after he followed the SUV he was in.

It all happened in the North Decatur Street and Graves Street area. It’s been over a month since that crime, and the little boy’s mother can finally fall asleep at night with some relief.

“Now that they’ve made an arrest, it just gives us closure,” she said. “Like, I can’t explain it.”

After waking up this morning, Green had the instinct to call detectives for an update. Before she could call, Green says her phone rang and the news was positive.

“I’m really grateful that they like to push each other to grab the person,” Green said.

The mother had to stay strong for her other son during this difficult time. She actually learned of Pettiway’s arrest while on vacation to celebrate her son’s fifth birthday.

“It’s just relieving to know that this person is no longer walking down the street,” she added.

She continues to ask for prayers, as the legal process continues to get justice for Ja’Seyon.

Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 334-215-STOP.

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