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Mom's boyfriend caught, charged after boy, 3, dies in his care in Forsyth

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A man told police he found his girlfriend's 3-year-old son unresponsive Tuesday. But instead of calling 911, Mr. Christopher E. Truett called the child's mother and waited for her get home before calling for help.

The child was pronounced dead less than an hour later and Mr. Truett was caught and arrested after running away, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation began around 11 a.m. when deputies responded to a medical call at 3639 Roseman Landing.

The medical call was in reference to a 3-year-old child who was unresponsive.

Mr. Truett, of Butts County, was babysitting when he found little Wyatt Pruitt unresponsive, the sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Douglas Rainwater said. He declined to say where the child was found.

Investigators said Mr. Truett called the boy’s mother, Ms. Dawn Schutts, and waited until she reached home before calling 911.

Ms. Schutts then took the phone and based on the operator’s instruction began to perform CPR on her son.

The 3-year-old male had supposedly been found unresponsive by the mother’s boyfriend, Christopher

E.Truett, 25, of Butts County. A call was made to 911 by Truett and then the child’s mother, Dawn Schutts completed the 911 call and started CPR on her child.

“Truett then fled the residence and ran into some nearby woods,” Deputy Rainwater said.

Deputies found him shortly before 1:45 p.m. near the intersection of Ga. 369 and Ga. 400 and took him into custody.

The child was transported to Northside Forsyth Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m., Deputy Rainwater said.

Mr. Truett was charged with first-degree cruelty to children and reckless conduct, the spokesman said. Still, he declined to comment on the evidence that led to the charges nor would he say if there were any obvious injuries found on the child.

Mr. Truett may face additional charges once the cause of Wyatt’s death has been determined, Deputy Rainwater said. The GBI is expected to complete an autopsy on the child in the upcoming days, he said.

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