Toddler’s family is still looking for answers

AMHERST, NY (WIVB) – It’s been three months since 3 year-old Mayouna Smith’s life was taken too soon.

The toddler was found dead in an Amherst apartment on January 18. She died from blunt force trauma in her abdominal region. The autopsy also discovered that Mayouna had been physically and sexually abused before her death.

Mayouna’s grandmother Annette Allen said not a day goes by that she doesn’t think about her ‘little princess’.

“The sad part is that she’s gone and she shouldn’t be gone. She’s only three years old,” Allen said.

The family explained that they want answers about who took Mayouna’s life.

Amherst Police said the toddler’s mother and boyfriend were both in the apartment when she was found unresponsive. Officers haven’t arrested anyone yet.

News 4 contacted Amherst Police about Mayouna’s case. They said the investigation is ongoing and that there following every lead. Police said once they have enough evidence they’ll make an arrest.

Allen is the toddler’s paternal grandmother. She said police told her son that they’re reviewing phone records. Allen questions whether the child’s mother knows more than she’s admitting.

“There were only two people in the house, one or the other had to do it,” said Allen. “What I saw at the time, she appeared to be a good mother and I always told her she was a good mother. So whether she had anything to do with this or not I don’t know.”

Another family member that asked to remain anonymous said, “What was she doing before she died? I don’t know. From different things I heard she got up and asked for some water at one o’clock in the morning and then they came back and she was on the floor dead. That’s all I got. I don’t know what happened after that.”

The family is holding out hope that a suspect will be arrested soon.

“We’re looking for justice and I believe it will be served,” said Paulette Chatman, Mayouna’s Great Aunt.

“I want somebody to go to jail because a life was taken,” said Allen. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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