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Man charged with murder in newborn’s death

A Canton man has been charged with murder in connection with the December death of his girlfriend’s 24-day-old child, authorities said Thursday.

Nicholas Campbell, 27, is in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center without bond, sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Jay Baker said. Campbell has been there since December on numerous charges, including possession of methamphetamine, obstruction of an officer as well as multiple counts apiece of first-degree cruelty to children, aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

The murder charge was added because an autopsy report showed Ciara Campbell’s manner of death was homicide and the cause of death was craniocerebral trauma, Baker said. Campbell is not the girl’s biological father despite having the same last name, Baker said.

Ciara’s mother, Alyssa Kincaid, 25, also was jailed in December in connection with the baby’s death. She allegedly “allowed” the abuse that resulted in her daughter’s death, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Kincaid remains in the Cherokee jail on charges of second-degree cruelty to children, possession of methamphetamine and violation of probation.

Ciara was taken to Northside Hospital-Cherokee after she was found unresponsive at her grandmother’s home on Dec. 10. Deputies had gone to the home off Magnolia Springs Drive after receiving a “child not breathing” call.

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Multiple injuries were discovered on Ciara, Baker said, but specifics were not provided. She was eventually transferred to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where she died Dec. 13 after she was taken off life support.

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