HPD investigates toddler’s death

Published 3:00 pm Sunday, May 14, 2017

By Melanie Ruberti


HOGANSVILLE – Investigators with the Hogansville Police Department are looking into the death of a three-year-old boy in the 100 block of Boozer Street on May 6.

The little boy was unresponsive when he was brought into the emergency room at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center by a family member just before 9:30 a.m., stated Hogansville Police Chief Brian Harr.

Medical personnel tried to revive the toddler, but their attempts were unsuccessful, Harr said in an exclusive interview with the Daily News on Friday.

The family member told HPD investigators they discovered the three-year-old unconscious in his bed early Saturday morning.

According to Harr, an adult male was watching the boy and a 1-year-old child Friday night while their mother was at work.

The man reportedly told investigators the toddler was struck in the head with a remote control truck by his younger brother that night, but never called E-911.

The three-year-old boy had some bruises and abrasions to his face, Harr said.

The Chief requested additional assistance on the case from the Troup County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

“Anytime we have a death, child or adult, that was not under medical care it’s considered an ‘unattended death,’” Harr explained. “We always do an investigation on those cases and the circumstances surrounding the death.”

The man who was watching the children was arrested for a probation violation in another county, the Chief added.

The arrest is not linked to the on-going investigation into the toddler’s death.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. She can be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.