On a small path covered in leaves and pine straws, police found an abandoned infant face down on the ground in some woods in Lawrenceville.
Gwinnnett County police said the 5-month-old’s father left her there to die after assaulting her mother on Monday.
On Thursday they were still searching for the suspect, Mr. Rayvon Gray.
They have issued warrants, charging the 22-year-old with domestic violence battery, reckless conduct and third-degree cruelty to children, police said.
On Monday, Officer M.T. Frazier responded to the 500 block of James Road on a domestic violence call, according to the police report.
The suspect’s mother called police after hearing him and the baby’s mother arguing. She told police she was scared of her son and had grabbed a large kitchen knife before going out to her car and calling for help.
The 19-year-old victim told the officer Mr. Gray punched her in the stomach and in the face over a phone number written on a piece of paper, the report said.
The woman, who had a bloody lip, told police Mr. Gray then left with her 5-month-old daughter.
But the woman said she had started to black out from the punch and couldn’t remember if she handed her daughter to Mr. Gray or set her down, Officer Frazier said.
At that point the woman did not know if Mr. Gray was in the house or had left, Officer Frazier said. But she told police he did not kidnap the child.
Still, the officer couldn’t find him in the house. Then the woman mentioned there were a lot of trails in the woods.
About 30 minutes later, officers found the baby laying face down in the middle of the woods with no one to take care of her.
They found her more than 300 yards from the house on a small path covered in leaves and pine straws, with dense trees on either side. Only a few feet away, there was a spider wed belonging to a black widow.
The baby, who was wearing thin pajamas, was halfway on a jacket and halfway on the path.
“[Her] attire would likely resulted in her death as there is an abundance of wildlife in the area and the nighttime temperatures would drop significantly,” Officer Frazier said.
“It appeared Rayvon had left his 5-month-old daughter to die in the woods alone with no one to take care of her.”
Medics responded to the scene to make sure the baby was Okay. They found no bites or injuries on the infant, the offier said.
The 19-year-old refused to be transported to the hospital and refused transport for her daughter, Officer Frazier said.
Officers, who have responded to many domestic violence calls between the woman and Mr. Gray, encouraged her again to obtain a temporary protective order, according to the report.
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