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Mother charged after death of 5-year-old ruled a homicide

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Heaven Woods Heaven Woods
Amanda Hendrickson Amanda Hendrickson
Roderick Buckner Roderick Buckner

The mother of a 5-year-old child has been charged with first-degree cruelty to children after investigators ruled her child's death a homicide.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Monroe County 911 received two calls Tuesday regarding an unresponsive child at the 300 block of Brookwood Drive in Forsyth.

Police say the child, Heaven Woods, was given CPR, transported to the hospital and was eventually pronounced dead.

An autopsy later determined that Woods died due to blunt-force trauma to the abdomen, according to GBI. Authorities said the autopsy also revealed additional injuries, new and old.

Wood's mother, 33-year-old Amanda Hendrickson, was also charged with giving a false statement, in addition to cruelty to children.

Authorities say Hendrickson moved to Forsyth from Rome, where she had a history with the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services.

Roderick Buckner, 34, was also charged with first-degree cruelty to children and giving a false statement.

Police said additional charges are forthcoming.

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