The search ended Tuesday for a Canton mother wanted in connection with the death of her 24-day-old daughter who deputies said had severe injuries on different parts of her body when she died Sunday at an Atlanta hospital.
Alyssa Kincaid, 24, was taken into custody during a traffic stop and charged with second-degree cruelty to children, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Kincaid’s boyfriend, 26-year-old Nicholas Campbell, was arrested Friday on multiple charges and detectives believe he’s responsible for the child’s death. But the mother shares some of the blame, the sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Jay Baker said.
“Investigators believe Mr. Campbell is responsible for the death of the infant, however, they believe mom had to have known what was going on,” Baker said. “The mother, in our opinion, failed to protect her child.”
Deputies received the call Thursday about the unresponsive child at the home on Magnolia Springs Drive in Woodstock, Baker said. But the child had been repeatedly abused prior to that day, he said. Investigators said it was Kincaid who called 911 to report that her daughter was not breathing.
The infant, Ciara Campbell, was transported to Northside Cherokee Hospital, but was transferred early Friday morning to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite where she was placed on life support, Baker said.
After interviewing Kincaid, Campbell and Campbell’s mother, deputies charged Campbell Friday with four counts of aggravated battery, four counts of aggravated assault and four counts of first-degree child cruelty, Baker said. Campbell, who is not the infant’s biological father, was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, the spokesman said.
Ciara was taken off life support Sunday and an arrest warrant was issued for her mother who disappeared from the hospital, deputies said. The infant’s grandmother does not appear to have known about the abuse and do not face any charges in the incident, Baker said.
Deputies said both Campbell and Kincaid have been arrested before by the sheriff’s office. Kincaid has an extensive criminal backgournd in Cherokee and Cobb counties for charges that include drugs and lying to law enforcement, according to Channel 2 Action News.
Campbell remained in jail Tuesday without bond, Baker said. An autopsy was performed on the child Tuesday and deputies said a murder charge may be forthcoming, but so far officials have not listed the cause of Ciara’s death.