Infant killed, mother and father shot in Biloxi; ex-wife arrested


by Meg Farris / Eyewitness News

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 21 at 5:26 PM

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Atragic story out of Coastal Mississippi, as an infant and father are found dead and the baby's mother runs for her life, as her child was abducted and killed inBiloxi.

Aclose knit group of friends from Jamaica came to Biloxi six years ago for a better way of life,getting jobs and sending money back home to help relatives. But they never could have imagined what happened today.

"Iwas saying, 'Somebody help me, somebody help me,' and it was so early in the morning, and, you know, a lot of people don't want to get involved and stuff like that but there was a man next door who said he saw some stuff through his window, soI got witnesses too," says Simone Dixon.

Simone Dixon says she and her boyfriend Romeo Smith were the proud parents of a little four-month-old-girl Savaan Smith. At 6 a.m., Simone says her boyfriend left for work, shortly afterwards she did as well.

Simone did not know that her baby's father lay dead in his car that was parked in the apartment complex lot.

She put her little girl in the back seat of her car that was parked next to his car. When she went to get in the driver's seat of her car, that's when she says that her boyfriend's ex-wife approached her, inches away from her face, with a gun and shot her in the neck.

The bullet only grazed her.She then took off running down through the apartmentsand the suspectshe says took off after her but when the suspect couldn't catch up with her Simone says the suspectwent back tothe car, opened the back seat doorandtook her little girl out. That'swhen she saw the suspectrunning off with her baby on her hip.

Before Simone ran, she saw Romeo lying on the floor of his car under a cover. She thought he was hiding from his ex-wife. She had no idea he was dead.

"He was a real cool and nice guy, nothing much too it.So good, that's it," says his best friend Leo Murray.

Simone has since learned her baby was found in the suspect vehicle three to four miles away in another Biloxi apartment area. She has no idea how her daughter was killed. Biloxi Police are not releasing the cause of death nor has Simone been allowed to see her.

"She was just a happy baby. She was always smiling and she likes to play. She was onlyfour months.I brought her to herfour-month check up yesterday. And before her father left this morning, he prayedwith her and she's just a happy baby, onlyfour months," Simone cries.

Still holding her baby's blanket with neck and face gunshot wounds, Simone can't believe she is still alive after being shot point blank allegedly by her boyfriend's ex-wife Barbara Starr Smith of Biloxi, who later turned herself in to Biloxi police. Now still in shock she tries to figure out how to move on.

"Just the grace of God, it probably wasn't my time," Simonesighs.

The suspect is being held without bond and is charged with one count of murder,one count of capital murderand one count of aggravated assault, since there are no attempted- murder charges in the state of Mississippi.