Lavonia Woman Indicted for Murder of Her Infant Child

March 8, 2013

A Lavonia woman has been indicted on three counts of murder in the death of her two-month old infant son.

Court documents released this week say 21-year old Cheyenne Nicole Burtch was indicted on two counts of felony murder and one count of malice murder in the death of Curtis Dean Burtch III, age two months.

According to count one of the indictments, a Franklin County Grand Jury charged Burtch murdered the child with malice of forethought by breaking his ribs and crushing his skull.

Count two alleges that Burtch, while in the commission of the offense of felony Cruelty to Children in the First Degree, caused the death of the baby by causing quote, “malicious and excessive pain.”

Count three of the indictment alleges Burtch caused malicious bodily harm to the baby rendering useless a member of the baby’s body, his skull.

Court papers say the incident happened January 9th.

Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas said later Burtch called 911 to report her baby was not acting right.

“The unit responded to a 911 call,” Thomas said. “The mother said her baby was not responding and was not breathing right. EMS responded to the call and my deputy actually drove the ambulance to Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center while EMT’s worked on the baby. From there, the child was airlifted to Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta.”

Thomas said EMT’s determined the baby had severe head injuries.

The baby was put on life-support at Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, but died several days later.

After over a week of investigation and interviews, Franklin County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Burtch and charged her with murder.

Bond for Burtch was denied last month and no trial date has yet been set.

She remains in the Franklin County Detention Center.

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