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.

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20 comments

  • Charlean

    that is really crazy the state of IL done took dis women away from her others for seven years for wrongful murder wow some need to do something about this

  • SANDRA

    Wow..This is such a sad story but in the end you…MOM will have the victory. I kno this will not bring your child back but remember that your little Angel was called home for duty by the higher power….Stay strong Black Sista

  • Civil More

    Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:

    "That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.

    "That the Executive will, on the first day of January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of States, if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be in rebellion against the United States; and the fact that any State, or the people thereof, shall on that day be, in good faith, represented in the Congress of the United States by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such State shall have participated, shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such State, and the people thereof, are not then in rebellion against the United States."

    Now, therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief, of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do, on this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the full period of one hundred days, from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States, the following, to wit:
    Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, (except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans) Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth[)], and which excepted parts, are for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.

    And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.

    And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.

    And I further declare and make known, that such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.

    And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.

    In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

    Done at the City of Washington, this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-seventh.

  • Keepitreal

    Civil more you are a piece of garbage. Anyway I don't feel sorry for this lady- at least it stopped her from having 7 more kids in 7 years and me the taxpayer having to pay for them. If she were watching her kid and not smoking a crack pipe- he would still be alive. She woulda been in and outta jail anyway in the past 7 years for drugs and prostitution.

  • Dee

    This woman is guilty. If not of murder, then of extreme neglect for leaving these children at home alone. How does a child that young wrap something around their neck 10 X?. I worked with s woman in an abuse case where the victims older sibling was coached to say it was accidental

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