Woman arrested after shooting leads to Amber Alert for endangered two-year-old

Johnetta Leigh Taylor

STAFF REPORT :::

The Griffin Police Department Wednesday night response to a shooting call resulted in an Amber Alert for a missing two-year-old little girl.

Authorities say officers of the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the shooting call at 423 Circus Street at approximately 9:28 p.m., but were initially unable to locate a victim or suspect.

However, while on scene, officers did locate a shell casing and blood.

The Criminal Investigation Division was notified and responded to the scene.

While there, the GPD was notified that a man with a gunshot wound to the face was at the WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital Emergency Room.

The seriousness of his injuries required the man to be transported by air ambulance to the trauma unit of Atlanta Medical Center.

Officials say witnesses on the scene provided information that led investigators to obtain an arrest warrant for aggravated assault with intent to murder for the suspect, 21-year-old Johnetta Taylor.

The victim remains hospitalized, but officials say he is expected to recover.

During the course of the shooting investigation, it was discovered that Taylor had a small child with her when the shooting occurred. Based on the circumstances possibly endangering the child, once her identity was known, an Amber Alert was activated.

Taylor was on Thursday arrested by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

At the time of her arrest, Taylor’s two children, one of whom was the subject of the Amber Alert, were located unharmed.

The Griffin Police Department expressed appreciation to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and all who provided information relative to the Amber Alert, saying, “All were instrumental in successfully concluding this case.”

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