Monroe County grand jurors have indicted two people in the 2014 death of a young girl who authorities say suffered broken bones and other injuries.
District Attorney Richard Milam said Wednesday that he’s considering seeking the death penalty against Amanda Hendrickson, 33, and Roderick Buckner, 35, who each are charged with murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and cruelty to children.
The deadline for his decision is the April 16 arraignment hearing for Hendrickson and Buckner.
Forsyth firefighters responded to a 911 call May 20 at the home where 5-year-old Heaven Woods lived with her mother, Hendrickson, on Brookwood Drive.
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She wasn’t breathing and died at the Monroe County Hospital emergency room soon after she arrived.
An autopsy later revealed Woods had suffered injuries to multiple parts of her body in the weeks before her death. Some injuries had healed while others were more recent.
The girl’s cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to her abdomen.
Buckner had been living with Hendrickson and Woods since early May.
Milam said Hendrickson additionally was indicted on a charge of making a false statement.
Hendrickson and Buckner are being held at the Monroe County jail on $1 million bond.
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