• Medical examiner rules infant's death a homicide

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    ATLANTA - Atlanta police are investigating an infant’s death after the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office ruled it a homicide.

    Police think the baby was possibly sexually assaulted too.
     
    Detectives are working to figure out what went wrong inside an apartment at the Deerfield Gardens Apartments.
     
    “The baby was so sweet. The last time I held him he was smiling, just a beautiful spirit," said Edwina Jones-Burton, the baby’s great aunt.
     
    Jones-Burton told Channel 2’s Liz Artz that her heart hurts when she thinks about the way 9-month-old Monte Jones died.
     
    The medical examiner ruled the baby's death was due to blunt force injuries to the head.

    "The child had significant injuries, as well as evidence of a sexual assault," said Lt. Charles Hampton, of the Atlanta Police Department.
     
    The baby's mother, Jasmine Jones, has been arrested on unrelated charges for making terrorist threats in DeKalb County.
     
    Police said she's cooperating in this investigation and told detectives she left Monte and her two other young children with a neighbor while she went to work.
     
    “Somebody got to step up and pay for this, you know? It hurts my heart to death to know somebody would do that to a baby," Jones-Burton said.
     
    Jones told police she got a call at work that Monte was in the emergency room at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding and was on life support. The infant died several days later.
     
    Investigators are now working to figure out what happened to Monte.
     
    Jones' other two children are now in state custody. Police said the baby's injuries are not consistent with a fall, but he suffered injuries all over.
     
    The family said there has not been a funeral yet.


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