Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Babysitter Charged in Child's Death
A Martinez woman was charged with murder following the death of a 22-month-old girl she was babysitting.
Lowanda Tripp, 39, was charged after an autopsy revealed the girl died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to Capt. Steve Morris with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
About 7:30 p.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a CPR in progress call at 1410 Avery Landing in Martinez. When they arrived, the girl was not breathing and a deputy performed CPR until EMTs arrived.
The child, identified as Teaira Michele Hall, was transported to Doctor’s Hospital and later to MCG where she was pronounced dead by Coroner Vernon Collins. An autopsy was performed in Atlanta on Monday and preliminary findings indicate blunt force trauma to the victim's head.
Ms. Tripp, of 1504 Avery Landing, Martinez, was arrested and charged with murder. No bond has been set.