The Gist: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death of a 10-month-old girl named Ayla Reeves in Meriwether County. A suspect in the girl’s death has been detained on charges of aggravated assault and concealing the death of another.
What Happened?: According to the GBI, 22-year-old Cameron Ramon Reese was keeping the child Wednesday for her mother, 19-year-old Nikia Reeves. At some point while the child was in his care, Reese contacted the mother and said Ayla wasn’t breathing.
Investigators with the GBI say the mother later grew suspicious of Reese’s behavior and questioned him about a mark under the child’s eye while they were riding in the car. According to the GBI, Reese pulled out a steak knife and Reeves jumped out of the car, sustaining a severe road rash.
The Meriwether Police Dept. received a stolen baby call and conducted a traffic stop on Reese, who fled the scene when police stopped him, leaving the deceased infant in the car.
A cause and manner of death is pending a GBI autopsy. The investigation remains active and ongoing.
Police were able to locate Reese after a K-9 unit tracked him at a location on North Depot Street in Greenville, Ga, where he was detained and charged.