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Mom, boyfriend accused of abusing 1-year-old girl after she dies in Cartersville

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A 1-year-old child died in the emergency room of a Cartersville hospital and police have accused her mother and the mother’s boyfriend of abusing her.

Ms. Brandy Ann Boyd, 25, and Mr. Austin Levi Payne, 24, were charged Friday with aggravated battery and first-degree cruelty to children, according to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office.

So far, they have not been charged with the infant’s death. Officials have also not released the identity of the child.

The 1-year-old girl was not breathing when she was found and rushed to Cartersville Medical Center, the sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said.

“The child was examined at the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office, which revealed numerous injuries of abuse on the child,” Sgt. Rogers said.

It’s unclear who was with the child at the home when she stopped breathing. Investigators are still waiting on the autopsy to determine the official cause of her death.

Further charges against the pair are likely pending the final autopsy results, officials said.

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