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Mother charged after child dies of Codeine overdose


AUSTELL, Ga. – An Austell mother is charged with murder after police say her 2-year-old son died from a Codeine overdose.

According to the Cobb County Police Department, 42-year-old Erica White is charged with murder, aggravated bond and false statements.

Police say the child died at 6313 Wellington Way on Thursday.

An autopsy determined the cause of death as from a lethal dose of the painkiller Codeine.

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5 more daycare workers charged in leaving child in van


AUSTELL, Ga. -- Cobb County police served additional arrests after a 2-year-old girl was left in a hot van.

Last week, police arrested the owner of Bright Achievers Pre-K, Melinda Hamilton.

She is accused of trying to cover up the incident where Zaryaha Russell was left in extreme heat in the back of a daycare vehicle.

Now police have charged five other workers including the day care's director, an assistant, a teacher and the van driver.

Those arrested include:

49-year-old Robin Horton of Powder Springs (Director of the Bright Achievers Pre-K Center) for false statements and reckless conduct

24-year-old Dulce Lopez of Douglasville, Georgia (Assistant at the Bright Achievers Pre-K Center) for false statements and reckless conduct

State moves to shut down Bright Achievers Pre-K Center


COBB COUNTY, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning has revoked the license of a Cobb County daycare center where a 2-year-old girl was left in a hot van.

Bright Achievers Pre-K Center now has 10 days to appeal the revocation. If it decides to appeal, it must remain closed during the process.

Administrative Law Judge Kimberly W. Schroer announced last month the decision to temporarily shut down Bright Achievers Pre-K Center, which is located in Austell, while the state decided whether to revoke or limit its license.

Dr. Melinda Hamilton, the daycare's owner, fought in court to keep her business open after a young girl was allegedly left in a hot van for more than five hours.

Second daycare worker arrested after child left in hot van


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A second daycare worker has been arrested after police say a 2-year-old girl was left in a hot van.

Cobb County police said Clement Udotong is charged with trying to obstruct an investigation by allegedly trying to erase video surveillance.

Melinda Hamilton, the owner of Bright Achievers Pre-K Center in Austell, was arrested earlier this week.

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Cobb daycare appeals state's emergency closure order


AUSTELL, Ga. -- A Cobb County daycare is appealing the state's order to have the facility closed.

State officials want to close Bright Achievers Pre-K Center in Austell, whose owner was arrested and charged after a two-year-old was left in a hot van.

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning issued the order to close the center late Wednesday.

Daycare owner charged with leaving child in van


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COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County daycare owner faces several charges after reportedly leaving a little girl in a transport van for hours.

Dr. Melinda Hamilton operates Bright Achievers Pre-K Center in the 2700 block of Jefferson Street in Austell. She is charged with reckless conduct, false statements and tampering with evidence.

The victim, 2-year-old Zaryaha, was left in the daycare center's van for about five and a half hours on May 5, according to police. A driver hired to pick up children from local schools and bring them to Bright Achievers found Zaryaha in a rear seat. According to a Cobb County police warrant, the driver said the girl was "sweaty" and her clothes were "moist."

Man arrested in shooting death of Cobb mother


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A short police chase resulted in the arrest of a suspect in a Cobb County murder.

George Lewis, 47, was taken into custody near Savannah at around 9 p.m. Tuesday, after a brief pursuit with Georgia State Patrol troopers. The Austell man was charged with murder, aggravated assault and firearm possession in the death of 24-year-old Kendra Weathers. He has since been extradited to Cobb County.

Weathers was found shot multiple times Tuesday morning in a breezeway at the Lake Crossing Apartments in the 1300 block of 6 Flags Drive. She was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.