7-year-old found dead; GPD investigating circumstances


The Griffin Police Department on Wednesday morning responded to a 911 call reporting a child who was not breathing.

Upon arriving at the 118 S. Brawner St. residence, the initial responding officer found the child was deceased.

A death investigation was immediately initiated, and the preliminary investigation indicates the child passed away from natural causes and that no foul play was involved.

It has been confirmed by the Spalding County Coroner’s Office that the child did have sickle cell anemia and a history of medical conditions.

The child’s body has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for an autopsy, as is standard procedure in the death of a child.

The initial 911 call was made by a minor sibling at the residence.

There were no adults present when the police arrived on the scene.  The Spalding County Department of Family and Children Services was notified and responded to the scene and took custody of two children, a nine-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy.

The mother, Shuntavious Harps, was not present but did arrive on the scene shortly after GPD personnel arrived.

Pending the results of the investigation, investigators will be consulting with the Spalding County District Attorney’s Office to determine if charges will be filed.


  1. Roland E. Morgan says:

    Just hope the mother has a REAL good excuse for the children being alone and unsupervised. If not, i hope the authoprities throw the book at her. Also the father who left a gun in reach of a two year old who picked up the gun and accidently shot himself.. He died shotly thereafter. These parents should be held accountable for these unnecesary loss of these two precious children.

  2. How horrible! I have so many questions though. Why were the children alone? I couldn’t imagine leaving my children alone for any reason.

  3. Prayers are wit u and ur family, during ur time of sorrow..

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  5. Christian Whitman says:

    How very, very heartbreaking!
    R.I.P little angel.
    Praying for all who are involved!

  6. Prayers for the sibling that found the body and prayers for the mother to be able to get through the next few days.

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