FLINT, MI – 23 year old Crystal Shelton-Randolph is charged with killing not one but both of her twin children. Both children died within two months of each other.
On September 24th, 2013, EMS responded to a call in the Evergreen Regency apartment complex. EMS transported the 22 month old baby girl to Hurley Medical Center. Flint Police were dispatched to Hurley Hospital concerning the child. The baby died in the emergency room.
The medical examiner at that time ruled the cause of death to the 22 month old child to be undetermined asphyxiation/apparent natural causes from a respiratory problem.
Two days short of being 8 weeks from the death of her 22 month of baby girl, Flint Police were dispatched around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22nd, 2013 to the residence at Evergreen Regency apartment complex concerning a report of the toddler not breathing. Upon arriving police found Crystal Shelton-Randolph attempting to perform CPR on the 2 year old boy. Jordan Shelton, was taken to Hurley Medical Center and was pronounced dead upon arrival. It was determined that the little boy died of fatal internal injuries. The doctor’s and medical examiner determined that a “foreign object” was used for sexual penetration of the little boy. Authorities found that the injuries to the child were very recent in nature.
It was upon the death of the little boy that Crystal Shelton-Randolph was arrested and charged with felony murder as well as first-degree criminal sexual conduct and child abuse charges. Police then alerted the prosecutor’s office to the previous child’s death. It was at that time that a further investigation into her death was launched.
Crystal Shelton-Randolph is now facing two counts of felony murder, two counts of first-degree child abuse and 1 count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Shelton-Randolph was denied bond. If found guilty, she is looking at life in prison.
Trouble seems to be a part of this woman’s life. Thomas Manuel, the twins father, was killed in a shootout with police in April of 2013 in Genesee Township. Manuel allegedly led police on a chase from a carjacking incident to the area of Dort Highway and Carpenter Road. Manuel got out of the vehicle and started firing shots at police. Police fired back and Manuel was killed.