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Child's death investigated

MACON, Ga. -- A 3-year-old Albany girl flown to a Macon medical center has died from an undetermined condition, prompting local officials to call for an autopsy to find clues on what led to her death.

Camyria Arnold died at the Medical Center of Central Georgia around 2:30 p.m., Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said Monday. Camyria was first brought to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Sunday by her stepfather, Rico Jones, who told doctors she had been acting sluggish and was breathing heavily.

Police have charged Jones with one count of misdemeanor reckless conduct in that police believe he had previously smoked or possessed marijuana in the child's presence, but, for now, the reckless conduct charge is not directly connected to the child's death, Edwards said.

"At this point, we'll have to wait and see what is determined through the results of the autopsy in order to see how this child died," Edwards said. "Based on that, we'll make a determination on whether there is any evidence to support additional charges."

According to a police report filed with the Albany Police Department, Camyria had bruises on her right thigh, on the left side of her neck, red marks on her chest and dilated pupils when she was brought to Phoebe by Jones.

A doctor at the hospital reportedly told a Department of Family and Children's Services worker and an Albany Police officer that Camyria's body temperature was 91.6 degrees and that she had a sodium level of 117, which the report states is indicative of possible drowning.

When interviewed by police and DFACS, Camyria's mother said that she was at work when she received a call from Jones saying the toddler was acting sluggish and sleepy. To awaken her, Jones said he placed her in the bathtub and cut the shower on cold.

He further told the mother, per the report, that he thought Camyria might have ingested something while she was napping.

While being interviewed by investigators, Jones reportedly told police that he got Camyria and her sister out of the tub, then he laid down and fell asleep. When he awoke, he noticed Camyria was acting sluggish and that her breathing was shallow and thought that she might have ingested something, so he attempted to induce vomiting, the report states.

He told police he then placed her back into the tub and ran cold water from the shower to wake her. Jones said that she appeared to become more alert, but only temporarily, at which time he decided to take her to the emergency room, the report states.