Toddler found unresponsive over weekend dies
Mon, 27 Dec 2010 20:30:09 GMT —
A 3-year-old girl found to be unresponsive over the weekend passed away Monday at 2:30 p.m., according to the District Attorney's Office.
An APD police report says 3-year-old Camyria Arnold was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital at 10 a.m. on Sunday after she was found by live-in boyfriend Rico Jones, 23, to be unresponsive. D.A. Investigator Greg Blackmon says her condition became critical and she was transported to the Medical Center of Georgia in Macon where she was declared brain dead and later passed away.
Jones is currently in the Dougherty County Jail and charged with Reckless Conduct, according to the D.A.'s Office. District Attorney Greg Edwards says the Reckless Conduct charges come from allegations that Jones used marijuana in front of the toddler. Edwards says additional charges could be made as the investigation continues into Arnold's death.
According to a police report, the child had bruises on her right thigh, the left side of her neck and red marks on her chest. It also says her body temperature and sodium levels "were consistent with drowning."
The police report says 23-year-old live-in boyfriend Rico Jones saw the girl was "acting real sluggish" so he put her in a bathtub and turned on cold water to wake her up. The report says he also put his finger down her throat because he thought the child ingested something. It says Jones says the 3-year-old "threw up a little bit of water with some red liquid substance in it."
Blackmon says traces of marijuana were found in the young girl's blood which could be from someone around her smoking, but says they won't know the exact details just yet.
"The fact the child being around someone who's smoking marijuana and it actually entered the system or the child could've been smoking â" we don't know," says Blackmon.
Investigators sent blood samples to Atlanta on Monday to be tested.
"That's one of the determinations that has to be made, in this particular instance, that has to have further testing in order for us to make a determination about that," says Edwards.
Blackmon says his team will conduct further interviews with Jones and mother 20-year-old Porsha Harper to determine if more charges will be made..
Officials won't know official cause of death until an autopsy is complete.
"We need to get a complete picture from the examination of the child in order to make a full determination of what we need to do next in this investigation," says Edwards