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Lanett, Roanoke infants die, two arrested


By Alton Mitchell

Police in Lanett have collected enough evidence in a case of a two year old girl who died at a Chambers County Hospital last week to charge a 20-year-old Lanett man in connection to the child’s death.

In a Monday press release from the Lanett Police Department officers acknowledge that on February 24th the Lanett Police Department was notified of a death of a two year old girl who had been brought into the emergency room at EAMC-Lanier.

Investigators from the Lanett Criminal Investigations Unit responded to EAMC-Lanier to investigate the death of the child. In addition to responding to EAMC-Lanier investigators with the unit also responded to the Lanett home where the child was living.

The body of the child was sent to Montgomery for an autopsy. The deceased child was identified as Breann Cyneisha Avery. While investigators awaited results from the state crime lab in Montgomery concerning the death of Avery, Lanett Police arrested 20-year-old Raeshon Kivontrea Williams on February 25th and charged him with aggravated child abuse.

Investigators received the results of the autopsy and based on the information provided from the autopsy the death of Avery was officially ruled a homicide. Investigators upgraded the charges on Williams to Capital Murder. Investigators are not releasing any further details on the case at this time because it is still an ongoing investigation. The exact cause of death or relationship between Avery and Williams was not released by investigators

By Alton Mitchell

An East Alabama man has been arrested in connection to the death of an infant in neighboring Randolph County. The death is the second death of a small child in the region in the past week.
Deputies with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office have arrested 34-year-old Mitchell Lee Newsome in connection to the death of a six-week-old child. On February 21st deputies with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a child who was not breathing. That infant was transported to Wedowee Hospital in Wedowee. Once at the hospital employees at the facility contacted deputies and advised the injuries may have been sustained from child abuse.

Hospital workers believed the injuries were not accidental and the death of the child was related to swelling on the brain and head trauma. The infant was identified as six-week-old Madison Newsome. She was transported to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham where she died of her injuries last Thursday.

On Saturday Morning deputies took Mitchell Newsome into custody at 10:00 a.m. at The Key West Inn in Roanoke. At the time of arrest police seized marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Newsome was already on bond for drug charges. He now faces new charges for the death of Madison.

According to a jail log with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department Newsome faces charges of; possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana 1st degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, murder, possession of marijuana 1st degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was revoked for the previous drug charges and no bond was granted for the murder charge Newsome faces. Bonds totally $12,500 are listed for the new drug charges.