Investigation launched after Emanuel County infant dies
Melissa Fullmore, Robert Benton (Source: Emanuel County Sheriff's Office)
Melissa Fullmore (Source: Emanuel County Sheriff's Office)
Robert Benton (Source: Emanuel County Sheriff's Office)
EMANUEL CO., GA (WTOC) -
An Emanuel County couple is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine after authorities responded to their home when a 4-month-old girl was found unresponsive.
Oak Park police and the Emanuel County Sheriff's Office responded on Tuesday to a home in southern Emanuel County. Emanuel County First Responders and Emanuel County Emergency Medical Services also responded.
Michael Benton and Melissa Faye Fullmore, the mother of Rosalynn Fullmore, had awoke from a nap and found the baby unresponsive in her bassinette. Benton and Fullmore then called 911.
An ambulance took the baby to Emanuel Medical Center. She was pronounced dead by Emanuel County Coroner Jeffery Peebles.
Investigators from the Emanuel County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were called to the home to investigate the death.
The investigation found that Benton and Fullmore had taken meth the night before and had fallen asleep at about 9 a.m. Tuesday. They both woke up sometime after 2 p.m. and found the baby unresponsive.
Investigators found marijuana, meth and evidence that the drugs were being used at the residence during a search, according to the sheriff's office. A handgun was also found at the home.
Benton and Fullmore are being held without bond in the Emanuel County Jail. They're charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of firearm by a convicted felon.
They have previously been convicted of felony crimes, including possession and distribution of meth, according to the sheriff's office.
Sheriff Stephens continued by saying "Chief Investigator Rocky Davis and GBI Special Agent Josh Alford are working with the GBI Medical Examiner and Coroner Peebles and are awaiting autopsy results. All agencies involved are working closely together and are sharing all information immediately with the District Attorney's Office," said Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens in a statement.
Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney Hayward Altman said charges related to the infant's death may be forthcoming, pending autopsy results.
The East Central Georgia Drug Task Force is also assisting with the investigation. Anyone with
Information about the case can call the Emanuel County Sheriff's Office at 478.237.7526 or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at 478.364.6988.