Bronx mother Sharay Barney and her boyfriend Michael Ransom are charged with the murder of her 8-year-old autistic boy


A Bronx mother and her boyfriend were charged Monday with the murder of her 8-year-old son more than nine months after the autistic boy died in a hospital, police said.

The charges come less than a week after baby Joseph Barney’s death was ruled a homicide, as a result of battered child syndrome.

The mother, Sharay Barney, 29, and her 33-year-old boyfriend, Michael Ransom, were also charged with manslaughter and aggravated manslaughter, cops said.

Last June, the mother drove her son from their home in Williamsbridge to Montefiore Medical Center in an Uber, cops and sources said.

Cops responded to a call from the hospital emergency room and found the boy unconscious and unresponsive.

Joseph Barney, who had autism, died in hospital on June 1, 2021.
Family document

The boy, who showed no obvious signs of trauma, was pronounced dead in hospital.

Joseph’s death was ruled a homicide last Tuesday.

He had been taken to Montefiore several times before with indications of child abuse, law enforcement sources told The Post.

Joseph Barney at the grocery store
Joseph Barney weighed about 20 pounds less than the average 8-year-old child at the time of his death, according to the CDC.
Family document

Investigators were initially looking into whether malnutrition was a factor in Joseph’s death.

The boy weighed only 30 pounds at the time of his death. The average 8-year-old should weigh about 50 pounds, according to the CDC.

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