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Child’s death ruled homicide

ALBANY, Ga. — A six-month old Dougherty County male was the victim of homicide, according to autopsy results from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Tuesday.

The victim has been identified as Jacobian Davis, according to Greg Edwards, Dougherty District Attorney.

The babysitter for the child Demeatria Porter, 32, has been charged in the case and transported to the Dougherty County Jail, said Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the Albany Police Department. The charges are felony murder and first degree cruelty to a child.

According to Michael Fowler, Dougherty County coroner, responders were called to a residence on the 200 block of Marie Road Sunday morning.

“I pronounced the child dead at the residence,” Fowler said. Fowler would give no further information except that individuals of interest were still being interviewed. The child’s parents, who had been on a trip, have since returned, Fowler said.

“There is a special protocol involved when investigating the death of a child,” said Edwards. “Now that the death has been declared a homicide, it will pursued in that fashion.”

Edwards said the investigation will be handled by local agencies including the Child Death Team of the District Attorney’s Office, the Albany Police Department and the Coroner’s Office.