DATELINE: CLARKE COUNTY, Ga. — The child, who was identified in the report as 15-month-old Zamiya Kelly, was pronounced dead later that day. A preliminary investigation determined that the toddler’s cause of death was “exposure to illegal narcotics.”
The suspect, identified by authorities in a statement to Law&Crime as Pamala Graves, 59, was taken into custody and charged with one count of felony murder and possession of a schedule II controlled substance in connection with the baby’s death (notably the police report initially referred to the babysitter as Pamela Grace Parrish).
“The Investigation indicates that Graves possessed illegal narcotics in the presence of the child which resulted in the exposure,” Lt. Barnett wrote. “It is not believed that the child was intentionally given the drugs; however, details as to how exactly the child was exposed to the illegal narcotics are still under investigation.”
There was no word as to Graves marital status.