Crime

Mother charged with murder in tot’s death

LAWRENCEVILLE — Police say a woman who hid in crawl space behind a closet with her 18-month-old has been charged with felony murder by depriving the girl of oxygen long enough to cause her death.

Jessica Holcomb initially was charged with child cruelty after Shyanne Nicole Holcomb died May 18. Police say the 26-year-old had an outstanding warrant for her arrest and stuffed herself and the baby in the crawl space when officers went to the home May 15 to check on a report that two small children had been left alone in unsanitary conditions.

After finding the hiding spot, officers described the child as pale and lifeless. She was taken to a hospital where she died three days later.

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