Pair Arrested in Connection with Death of Child

The 1-year-old was declared dead in the emergency room.

Brandy Ann Boyd, 25, and Austin Levi Payne, 24. Photos: Bartow County Sheriff's Office
Brandy Ann Boyd, 25, and Austin Levi Payne, 24. Photos: Bartow County Sheriff's Office

The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two people in connection with the death of a child, according to a press release.

Sheriff Clark Millsap said in the release a 1-year-old child, reportedly not breathing, was taken to Cartersville Medical Center. Deputies and investigators from the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office responded and began an investigation. 

The child was declared dead in the emergency room. Investigators interviewed the mother of the child and her boyfriend, and searched their home.

The child was examined at the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office, which revealed numerous injuries of alleged abuse on the child. 

Though the results of the autopsy are not final, investigators arrested late Thursday the mother, 25-year-old Brandy Ann Boyd, and her boyfriend, 24-year-old Austin Levi Payne, on charges of aggravated battery and first-degree cruelty to children.

Millsap said further charges against the two are likely, pending the final autopsy results.

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ray jay January 24, 2014 at 06:09 PM
I hope the parents didn't kill this child that would be horrible
Elizabeth Elizabeth January 25, 2014 at 08:19 AM
The charges need to be upgraded to include murder and both people need to be charged to the fullest extent of the law. MOTHERS: STOP LETTING YOUR BOYFRIENDS KILL YOUR CHILDREN!!! This is so common and such a blight on our society and it's time prosecutors understand that this mother is not the victim of this batterer, she is a perpetrator. BIG DIFFERENCE when the one year old is dead and shows signs of long-term abuse already. Poor little one, what a gift they had and they didn't cherish that gift. In God's care now, little one.
Ladywrench January 25, 2014 at 10:52 AM
Elizabeth, you are so right on the money!These women are having their children stay with boyfriends while they work, go out and there is no attachment involved with these kids to the boyfriend . He is there for 1 reason only and that's for the good times, easy laidback living or whatever and most don't take any responsibility except for themselves. These mothers should also get their heads examined. You carry a child for 9 mo. approx. and go through all that just for 1 yr and decided its not the kind of life you thought it would be? So because its stressful and you are having some issues becoming a parent, gives you the right to takes someones life? Go get some help and assistance in how to parent a child.!Or better yet girls, keep your legs closed and don't be going to bed with every guy you come in contact with. Think first of the consequences that could result by having a fling in the sack... a child could be conceived. Who is to take care of it? Are you ready for it? Nuf said.
Mark January 25, 2014 at 05:57 PM
Have fun in prison tough guy.


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