Mom free from prison after wrongly convicted of murdering child
Free after almost eight years, a Chicago woman is released from prison for the murder of her son. It’s another victory for the Innocence Project at Northwestern University.
Seven years into a 30 year sentence, Nicole Harris left the Dwight Correctional Center a free woman. She was 23 in 2005, when a jury found her guilty of killing her 4-year-old son Jaquari in their apartment on the northwest side. Harris had confessed to police, after a 27 hour interrogation, but maintained her innocence after that saying that confession was coerced.
Jaquari Dancy was found with an elastic bed sheet cord wrapped around his neck. The only witness, Harris’ older son, had said the boy did it to himself while playing Spider Man. But prosecutors argued Harris choked him in anger when he wouldn’t stop crying.
The Innocence Project calls the release of Harris “a long time coming.”
“I was beyond anxious,” said Harris. “There aren’t any words to describe it.”
“I just want to enjoy life. I’m just glad to be free and I just want to be with my son,” she said.
The state has appealed the ruling that tosses out Harris’s conviction and would like the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office say no decisions been made on a retrial.