Augusta Man Charged In Toddler’s Death; Family Held Vigil to Honor 18-month-old Life Tuesday night


***UPDATED at 7:52 PM. on Tuesday, May 10th***

Augusta, GA (WJBF) – The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an 18-month-old in Augusta. Karmen Tianna Lashay Brown died Monday night at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

Right now 36-year-old Jamie Brown is in custody in connection to the child’s death. He faces child cruelty and murder charges.

Just hours after the death of her 18-month old Shakelia Brown returned to the home, where she found her child unresponsive late Monday night. Neighbors say Shakelia Brownwas in tears as she held her child asking for help to revive her.

“She was walking with the baby and holding her saying the baby won’t wake up. She gave the baby to someone up there that did C.P.R., but the baby still did not respond,” said Melvin Holmes, a neighbor.

Holmes lives nearby and he tells WJBF News Channel 6 Shakelia Brown was hysterically crying as the ambulance arrived and told neighbors she wasn’t home at the time of the incident.

“She went to an interview today and she doesn’t know what happened,” Holmes said.

According to several neighbors Jamie Brown was home watching Karmen Brown and her two older siblings.

“That baby screamed and hollered every time she, even when she just seen him she just screamed and hollered. So that should have told her something right there. That the baby is scared of him. He’s doing something to her,” said a neighbor.

A neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous says she heard disturbing noises coming from the home.

“You could hear Karmen crying, crying, crying, crying and she says it’s been going on for about three days. He had been hitting that baby and all kinds of stuff,” said the neighbor.

Now outside of Karmen Brown’s home neighbors have set up teddy bears and candles… a reminder of a life ended too soon.

“She never got a chance to see life,” a neighbor told WJBF News Channel 6.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating this case. Karmen Brown’s body was sent to the G.B.I. crime in Atlanta. An autopsy was performed Tuesday morning.

Augusta, GA (WJBF) – The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed one person is in custody following the death of an 18-month-old child.

The child has been identified as Karmen Tianna Lashay Brown. She lived with her twin older sisters, her mother and her mother’s boyfriend.

Her mother’s boyfriend, 36-year-old Jamie Shelton Brown, has been booked into the Richmond County Jail for Cruelty to Children 1st Degree and felony Murder. Investigators believe he was responsible for head trauma the child suffered.

Karmen Brown was pronounced dead Monday night at Children’s Hospital of Georgia (CHOG).

Neighbors tell us that Karmen Brown’s mother tried to revive her using CPR Monday night.

A “Justice For Karmen” vigil will be held at the family home on the 2100 block of C Street in Augusta at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday night for Karmen.

Be sure to watch during our evening newscasts as WJBF News Channel 6’s Stefany Bornman will provide the latest details on the investigation.

***POSTED at 10:33 A.M. and UPDATED at 11:31 A.M. on Tuesday, May 10th***

Augusta, GA (WJBF) – The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the death of an 18-month-old child.

Karmen Tianna Lashay Brown was taken to Augusta University Children’s Hospital Monday night, when she was pronounced dead just after 10:30 p.m. Her body is being transported to the GBI lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.

According to the Richmond County Coroner’s Office, foul play is suspected. The mother’s boyfriend, Jaime Brown, is currently in custody.The investigation is still in it’s early stages.

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