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Indicted on murder charges, Warner Robins woman accused of striking 11-month-old

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A Warner Robins woman has been indicted on murder charges in the death of an 11-month-old nearly four years ago.

A Houston County grand jury handed up Tuesday the indictment against Ashley Camille Whitehead, 23, on one count each of malice murder and felony murder.

The indictment accused Whitehead of causing the death of Peyton Taylor by striking him with an unknown object.

Whitehead was the girlfriend of the child’s father, Charles Michael Taylor, at the time of the Dec. 14, 2013, incident, said Houston County sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Shepherd.

The boy died Dec. 21, 2013, at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, Shepherd said.

Taylor was originally charged with murder and aggravated battery in the death of his son. His case has not been indicted, nor the charges dismissed, court records show.

Taylor is free on a $50,000 bond that includes electronic monitoring and house arrest with the exception of traveling to and from work, the bond order states.

Taylor initially told authorities that his son “pushed off, was released out of his arms and fell to the floor” while at Taylor’s Warner Robins home, Shepherd said.

Taylor has since told authorities that the child was actually in the care of Whitehead when the boy suffered a “severe impact to his skull,” Shepherd said.

Medical personnel told authorities in 2013 that they did not think the injuries could have been accidental.

Also indicted Tuesday were Michael Gary Bonamo, 27, of Macon, Curtis Lane Croft, 23, of Lizella, and Angel Daniel Feliciano, 32, of Warner Robins, with one count of carjacking and two counts of aggravated assault.

The three are accused of assaulting two men with handguns in the carjacking of a pickup at Woodcrest Apartments in Warner Robins on Oct. 23.

Additionally, Donn Smith, 26, of Rentz, was indicted on vehicular homicide, drunken driving and related charges in a June 3 crash that killed Marci Thompson, 42, wife of Crisp County sheriff’s Sgt. Al Thompson.

Kenderek Ruez Hicks, 17, Darion Owens, 17, and Jachavion Armontae Dykes, 19, were indicted on charges of one count each of armed robbery and two counts each of criminal attempt to commit a felony.

The three are accused of attempting to rob a Burger King on Warren Drive and an OM Food Mart on Feagin Mill Road on Oct. 25 and the robbery an employee of the Hop In Shell at Ga. 96 and Lake Joy Road on Oct. 26. Owens was also indicted on a charge of possession of a handgun during the Hop In Shell robbery.

Abyrlle Travonte Seal, 26, of Warner Robins, was charged with a string of armed robberies in Warner Robins in October with multiple indictments.

Becky Purser: 478-256-9559, @BecPurser