Man charged in death of girlfriend's 3-year-old child

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. - Forsyth deputies say Christopher E.Truett has been charged in the beating death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son.

Wyatt Pruett was found at a home in the Bridgetown subdivision on Roseman Landing around 11 a.m. Tuesday. According to Forsyth officials, Truett, 25, was supposed to be babysitting Pruett. Authorities said the toddler's mom came home to find him unconscious. She called 911 and deputies quickly launched a manhunt for Truett.

They tracked him down and took him into custody around 1:45 p.m. near Georgia 400 and Browns Bridge Road in Cumming.

"It was very gratifying. All of our men and women in every division was represented out here and we had the perimeter set up very quickly, which helped contain the suspect, preventing him from getting any further," said Forsyth County Sheriff's Major Rick Doyle.

Truett was charged with cruelty to children in the first degree and reckless conduct. Further charges are pending autopsy results. He is currently being held at the Forsyth County Detention Center.                                                                                         

Channel 2's Mike Petchenik spoke to neighbors about the shocking ordeal.

"It's sad; something you don't expect to hear about in our neighborhood," one neighbor said.

The community is packed with children, so the news that a 3-year-old died really hit home.

"It's sad and it's upsetting because this is a really fantastic community to live in," said Missy Chisenhall.

Another neighbor told Channel 2's Jeff Dore the Pruett’s mom was not a permanent resident, but was staying temporarily with her father.

"I don't know the people, and frankly, (killings) do not happen here. It's really a family-oriented neighborhood," said June Gray.

Neighbor Joey Downes is trying to figure out how he's going to explain the death to his kids.

A prayer vigil was held for Pruett was held at the Bridgetown subdivision Tuesday night.


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