Lawrenceville, Georgia–Authorities were called to Jessica Holcomb’s home on a welfare check. It had been reported that her children, ages 1 and 3, had been left unattended on occasion and were living in unsanitary conditions. When officers arrived at the home Friday evening, they heard the sound of a small child crying…then, the crying stopped. Abruptly.
Officers, fearing for the child’s safety, entered the home through an unlocked door. While searching for the child, one officer noticed a large hole cut out of the drywall in a closet. When he looked inside the hole, he saw Holcomb, cowering in the crawlspace, holding her lifeless 1-year-old daughter. The child had no pulse. Once the child was transported to the hospital, emergency personnel were able to revive the child and had her life-flighted to Scottish Rite Children’s hospital for further treatment. The little girl died on Monday. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death. Raise your hand if the first thing that popped into your head was ‘suffocation.’ But, why?
Jessica Holcomb, 26, is charged with one count of first-degree child cruelty and violating probation. (She was on probation for felony forgery). The 3-year-old child, who was found to be unharmed, was placed with his paternal grandparents.
As always, we will update this story as more information becomes available.
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