Dougherty County officials working several child death cases

Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards. / Jessica Fairley

The Casey Anthony case may be closed but officials in our area say they are still working several similar cases. Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards says the cases have different circumstances, but they have one thing in common, the death of a child.

Rico Jones was indicted for felony murder after his 3-year-old step daughter, Camyria Arnold, died after being found unresponsive. Back in December of 2010, he claimed the child passed out after a cold bath. District Attorney Edwards says this is a complex case.

"Some of the charges involved with that case includes whether that child was exposed to drugs and otherwise died as a result of a felony of the adult," said Dougherty County D.A. Greg Edwards.

"He says if convicted Jones could face life in prison. Deanna Hammond is also facing time for her baby's death. The infant was found stashed in a trash can. The district attorney working the case says Hammond has been arrested for concealing the death of another but more charges could be pending. He says officials are still awaiting forensic evidence to decide how this case will be prosecuted.

"At this point, we still need to get some determination of whether the child was deceased or not deceased at the time the body was placed in the trashcan," said Greg Edwards.

Edwards says in addition to this case, he's also dealing with the death of 19-month-old Janaysia Stevenson. In March of this year, the mother's boyfriend, Greg Evans, admitted to beating the toddler to death. Authorities say by the time Chaitia Stevenson, the mother, took the child to the hospital it was too late. Both Stevenson and Evans are charged in this case.

"That is a capital case and presently that matter is still being considered for pursuit of the death penalty," stated Edwards.

The district attorney says all four of the accused are behind bars. Officials say if anyone believes they know a child who is being abused, they should reach out.

"We ask that they contact the department of family and children services concerning the abuse allegations," said Forensic Specialist for Firefly House Tonia Jacobs.

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