The child reportedly had a severe brain injury, police said. An autopsy determined the child’s cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Simmons left the hospital when a security guard approached him, Ireland said. The investigation revealed that Simmons left because he had four warrants on charges of family violence against the mother of the child, Ireland said.
Simmons turned himself in the next day and was booked into the Henry County Jail for the family violence warrants.
Simmons was sentenced on charges of voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, first degree cruelty to children, stalking and fleeing police, as well as multiple counts of battery and traffic charges.
Henry County Superior Court Judge Holly W. Veal also ordered Simmons not to have contact with Amir Simmons’ mother, Be’Lasha Shanae Wise. Charges are still pending against Wise, the district attorney said.
Asia Simone Burns is a watchdog reporter for the AJC. Burns was formerly an intern in AJC’s newsroom and now writes about crime. She is a graduate of Samford University and has previously reported for NPR and WABE, Atlanta’s NPR member station.