Man charged with murder after woman, 4-year-old girl found dead in burning car

A man is charged with felony murder after authorities in Douglasville found the bodies of a woman and a 4-year-old girl in a burning car Sunday evening.

Derrick Lashun Hobbs, 37, of Douglasville, is also charged with malice murder and aggravated assault in the deaths of Lawanda Barrows, 59, and Layla Hobbs.

Officers found the vehicle “fully engulfed in flames” behind a home on Colquitt Street about 5:30 p.m., Douglasville police said in a news release. Police found Barrows and Layla Hobbs inside the car once the blaze was extinguished.

Investigators determined the deaths were related to a domestic incident and identified Derrick Hobbs as a suspect, police said. He was found about 10 p.m. and arrested, officials said. No information was provided about how he is connected to the victims.

Hobbs was booked into the Douglas County Jail, where he remains with no bond.

An investigation is ongoing.

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