Chicago Woman Sentenced Up to 50 Years Over 5-Year-Old Son’s Death

By Lorenz Duchamps

A Chicago woman has been sentenced to up to 50 years in jail for beating her 5-year-old son to death in Iowa.

According to court records, 26-year-old Jacqueline Rambert was sentenced in Davenport on Friday on charges of child endangerment-multiple acts and child endangerment resulting in death.

Under state law, Rambert must serve at least 40 percent of the sentence—or 20 years of her child endangerment resulting in death charge before she is eligible for parole or work release, KWQC reported.

Rambert was charged with child endangerment together with her co-defendant and ex-boyfriend Tre Henderson. The couple failed to seek prompt medical attention for their son, Ja’Shawn Bussell.

Henderson was convicted on Feb. 13 to first-degree murder and other crimes. On April 1, the 28-year-old will have his court hearing and is scheduled to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to The Associated Press.

Tre Henderson
Tre Henderson, 28, from Chicago in an undated booking photo. (Courtesy of the Scott County Iowa Jail)

Prosecutors dismissed the more serious charges of first-degree murder for Rambert at the sentencing in return for her pleas.

According to trial testimony, Rambert called 911 on the night of April 27, 2018 and told authorities her son was choking and unresponsive in their apartment.

Bussell was taken to a local hospital and vomited several times over the next four days, court records said.

The 5-year-old had 17 broken ribs, damage to a number of internal organs, and bruises from the top of his head to his ankles after Henderson beat him with a belt when the boy urinated and soiled himself on April 22, 2018, AP reported.

Bussell was taken off life support and died in May 2018 from complications due to blunt-force injuries to his head, court records said.

Henderson and Rambert are both from Chicago and were living in a Davenport apartment when the boy was beaten, authorities said. Davenport is about 160 miles west of Chicago.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.