A closer look at child deaths in Georgia

(Source: MGN)

Damarrio McCoy spoke to CBS46 about his 8-month-old daughter who died over the weekend. Kamonie Whitehead was allegedly beaten by her mother and mother’s boyfriend.

“Right now I’m just...I couldn’t even really explain it. You know...I don’t really know how to feel,” said McCoy.

During a phone conversation, McCoy called his child's death at the hands of their caregivers an "unspoken disease."

According to recent numbers provided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation' s Child Fatality Review Unit, there were 39 maltreatment-related child deaths in 2013, and 33 in 2014. Investigators said in 15 of those cases, the child was vigorously shaken.

Trebor Randle, Special Agent with the GBI's Child Fatality Review Unit, also said there’s a pattern of children killed not only at the hands of their parents, but by their parents’ partners.

CBS46 questioned Randle as to why mothers are often charged in that situation.

“In many cases it depends on the mother’s level of involvement. In Georgia, an individual can be charged up to the same crime of the person who physically harmed the child,” said Randle.

McCoy said he just doesn’t understand how anyone could hurt someone so innocent.

“It’s involving a child, it’s like what are these people thinking? Like, where was your mind?”, asked McCoy.

GBI Investigators ask that if you see any signs of child abuse in a household, please contact your local authorities.

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