4 years after the baby’s death, the Jacksonville mother waits for justice

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville mother is outraged and says she still hasn’t gotten justice after the death of her 5-month-old boy, who died four years ago.

In March 2017, police said Cooper Dubovik died of brain injuries when Barbara Kendrick tossed him into a playpen because he was fussy about a fever and teething. She was 65 years old at the time.

Kendrick, the boy’s babysitter, was eventually charged with first degree murder. In January 2020, Kendrick pleaded guilty to the second degree murder.

Teal Garvin says Kendrick was a close family friend who she trusted. Cooper was their firstborn child.

“He was such a happy kid too. Always smiling and giggling, ”said Garvin. “She always seemed excited when we brought him with us. As if she were happy to see him. She was like, oh, my baby. “

Following her guilty confession of second degree murder, Kendrick wrote a letter to the judge claiming a confession was thrown at her without giving her time to think.

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“We have a guilty plea, we have a confession. We have a medical examiner’s (ME) report, ”said Garvin. “We are four more years on the way and we have nothing.”

In December, Kendrick’s attorneys filed a motion to withdraw the application. She is mentally disabled and is increasingly suffering from dementia.

She has since taken proficiency tests and the judge filed a request for a third assessment last month.

The case continues to move slowly through the courts.

“How long are we going to go on while my child is dead and I have to go through this every month, every email, every post, every photo, and I have no, no closure,” Garvin said. “I’m not getting a closure?”

Kendrick’s next hearing is scheduled for April 9th.

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