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Officials probe infant death

ALBANY, Ga. -- Authorities are investigating the death of a 2-month-old Albany child.

The child was reportedly living at a residence on Mercer Avenue. Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said officials were alerted about the death early Monday.

"The Child Death Team was called out to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital around midday (Monday)," Edwards said.

The unit responds to any report of a juvenile death to determine whether it was a natural death, an accident or the result of some criminal act.

A name for the child was not immediately available. Monday's day shift paperwork for the Albany Police Department, which would have likely included an incident report concerning the child's death, was also not available at press time.

The next step will be to send the infant to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab for an autopsy. "We need to do forensic analysis," Edwards said. "There was nothing readily apparent. The child may have died from natural causes."

Just hours after the infant's death, 3-year-old Camyria Arnold, also of Albany, died at a Macon hospital at 2:30 p.m. Monday after being brought to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's emergency room Sunday by her stepfather, Rico Jones. Jones has been charged with reckless conduct because authorities believe he smoked marijuana in the presence of Camyria, who Edwards said was not showing any brain activity before her death.

Any other possible charges would be pending the results of the autopsy.

The two child deaths are among a handful in which investigations are still ongoing. A news conference will likely take place after the first of the year to update the public on the status of the investigations, Edwards said.