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GBI investigates baby's death

AMERICUS, Ga. -- GBI agents say they are investigating the death of a 7-month old infant girl who died at an Americus hospital Thursday.

Assistant special agent-in-charge Trebor Randle said the child's body was taken to Atlanta for an autopsy, which revealed no clear reason for her death.

"There were no outward signs of trauma or foul play and the autopsy didn't reveal the cause of death, so for right now the cause of death is pending toxicology results," Randle said.

The Americus infant, who wasn't immediately identified, is the third infant to die in the area in the last three days.

In Albany, law enforcement officials are investigating the death of 4-month old Travontae Goude, who died at his home on Leonard Avenue Wednesday morning.

The death of 3-month-old Antonio J'twon Harvey is also being probed after he died at a home on Gillespie Avenue Thursday.

Because of delays in the state criminal laboratory network, it could be weeks or months before the cause of death for the Americus infant is known.

The Albany deaths crept into political discussion Friday during a fundraiser for Republican candidate Karen Kemp, who is running for the District 150 state House seat against longtime Democrat Winfred Dukes.

House Speaker David Ralston, who spoke at the fundraiser, was asked a question by Richard Thomas, head of a local taxpayer advocacy group concerning whether the state would consider funding programs to support parenting classes or birth control, given that the parents of the two dead Albany infants were teenagers.

"People have already been probing into that and are looking at trying different approaches, but consider your message heard and delivered," Ralston said in reply.