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GBI: Alleged accidental drowning of Soperton boy ruled homicide

The death of a 2-year-old Soperton boy, originally reported to have accidentally drowned, has now been ruled a homicide.

Aerick McManus was unresponsive on Barwick Avenue about 9:45 a.m. Thursday when a call came into Treutlen County 911, according to a GBI news release.

An autopsy Saturday at GBI Crime Lab in Decatur revealed the child died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen, said Eve Rodgers, special agent in charge of the Eastman office of the GBI.

The boy’s mother, Porshia Johnson, 22, and her boyfriend Travis Jordan, 21, were arrested Sunday.

Jordan is charged with felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault and cruelty to children, the release stated.

Johnson is charged with felony murder and cruelty to children.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Soperton Police Department at 912-529-4221 or the GBI at 478-374-6988.

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