Mother Found Guilty in Toddler's Death

Keona Owens beat her son along with boyfriend, say prosecutors

Tom Puckett
February 22, 2019 - 4:18 pm

Keona Owens (Photo via Erie County DA Office)

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A judge convicts a Buffalo mother of manslaughter and murder in connection with the death of her toddler son.

State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia has found 23-year-old Keona Owens of Buffalo guilty, as charged, on one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a Class “A” felony, and on one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a Class “B” felony. Prosecutors say last July 17th, Owens, while acting in concert with her boyfriend Bashar Hall, injured her son, 2 ½-year-old Xavion Hazzard, by beating him inside their home on Weaver Street in the City of Buffalo.

The child was pronounced dead at John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. The medical examiner determined that the toddler died from multiple blunt force trauma.

Owens faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison when she is sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 11 a.m.

“This little boy was beaten to death by his own mother, the person who should have loved and cared for him,” said DA Flynn. “This was a horrific crime and I will be asking for the maximum when this defendant is sentenced.”

The jury trial for her co-defendant, Bashar Hall, is scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

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