A mother and her infant child were found dead in a Cherokee County home in the Cedar Mill Crossing neighborhood in July, and now an autopsy is revealing the cause of death.
According to an autopsy report, 31-year-old Holly Whitley died from a drug overdose and tragically fell onto her infant son.
On July 17 a family member requested a welfare check after not hearing from Whitley. Once in the home, deputies located the bodies of the mother and infant, as well as a two-year-old girl who appeared to be unharmed.
It's what everybody's talking about in this quiet subdivision off Kellogg Creek Road called Cedar Mill Crossing.
"It's just very surprising. I mean, this neighborhood is safe. It's been a safe neighborhood, so I don't know what to say," says neighbor Matt Freeman. "I would be shocked if it's anything other than a freak incident."
Freeman says his heart breaks for the family. At the time little information was known from sheriff's investigators. Leaving many to wonder if the deaths were a result of carbon monoxide poisoning or perhaps an accidental electrocution.
In her last Facebook post, Whitley shows her smiling with her husband as they hold their son.
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