Lowe found guilty of baby's murder, will never leave prison

Joshua Deshaun Lowe
Joshua Deshaun Lowe

NEW BOSTON, Texas -- Joshua Deshaun Lowe has been found guilty of capital murder in the death of an 11-month-old boy and sentenced to life without parole.

Lowe was convicted last week in Bowie County 5th district court, according to court records.

The child, Javontae Neeley, suffered fatal head trauma, possibly from shaking, and other injuries, according to autopsy findings summarized in a probable cause affidavit.

Javontae's mother, Christy Wedgeworth, 25, is facing two counts of injury to a child by omission. She is scheduled to stand trial in November.

Javontae was admitted to a local hospital July 11, 2021, after being transported in a private car from a house in the 800 block of Bowie Street, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Lowe allegedly claimed initially that the child choked on a hot dog.

Javontae died in a Little Rock hospital July 13, 2021.

Wedgeworth was reportedly at work when the boy suffered a fatal head injury, but other injuries, including broken arms and fractured ribs, were older and in various stages of healing.

"The healing injuries were at least seven to ten days older than the injury to the head," the affidavit states.

Javontae was found to have suffered a brain bleed and retinal hemorrhaging consistent with being violently shaken. A doctor at Arkansas Children's Hospital advised that Javontae had been thrown or slammed onto a hard surface.

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