2-year-old girl found dead in Newton County; mother detained

A 2-year-old girl was found dead in her grandmother’s home in Newton County, and her mother has been detained for questioning, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Newton County sheriff’s deputies said they were called to the home on Brown Thrasher Run near Oxford Tuesday about 5:30 p.m., the news station reported. They said the mother was the only one home when the girl was fatally injured. Neither has been identified.

An hour later, the county’s coroner pronounced the girl dead, according to Channel 2. The case is being investigated as a homicide.

A spokeswoman for the Newton County Sheriff’s Office couldn’t confirm to the news station whether this was a shooting, but she did say the girl had penetrative trauma. Authorities are not expected to release any further details about the child’s death until the GBI performs an an autopsy.

No one has been charged in the case Tuesday.


Jackie Kendrick, who lives in the neighborhood, told Channel 2 the girl’s death was unsettling. She would often see the family walking in the neighborhood. They “seemed to be just a happy family,” she said.

“I did not expect to come home and see this in my community,” Kendrick said. “I’m really sorry about that, and it breaks my heart. This was a baby. A 2-year-old baby. It’s devastating.”

Another neighbor, Michael Robinson, said he saw the child playing in her grandmother’s front yard the day before her death.

"I just saw the little girl yesterday, and the mom, and I’m always waving to the grandparents,” Robinson said. “It’s just unthinkable.”

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