Authorities investigating Dougherty child death

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County Police Department was called out to the scene of a child being hit by a vehicle, an incident that ultimately resulted in the child's death.

The case is currently being investigated by the Dougherty District Attorney's Office Child Death Team, which responds to any report of a juvenile death in the county to determine whether it was from natural causes, an accident or the result of some criminal act.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said Monday that authorities responded to Charles Court around 7 p.m. Saturday. There, Thomas McDowell, born in 1983, reportedly hit 3-year-old Matthew Taylor.

McDowell was driving a Ford Explorer Sports Trac when he allegedly struck the child, police said. Matthew's chest and arm were injured, and he suffered head trauma before ultimately succumbing to his injuries as a result of the incident, Edwards said.

Edwards said the circumstances regarding the child's death were still under investigation on Monday afternoon, so specifics about the incident were not yet clear. There may be charges pending, depending on how the investigation plays out, the district attorney said.

"The issue is not whether it was an accident, but whether there was an intervening cause such as alcohol or drug use," Edwards said.


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