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Pregnant mom charged after autopsy shows girl, 5, died of blunt force injury

Heaven Woods, 5, died of blunt force trauma to her abdomen and officials have charged her mother in her death.
Heaven Woods, 5, died of blunt force trauma to her abdomen and officials have charged her mother in her death.
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A 5-year-old girl died of blunt force injury days after her mother moved to Forsyth from Rome where officials said the woman had a history with the department of family and children services.

Now the pregnant mother and the man she lived with have been charged in the child’s death, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Investigators said Thursday that Heaven Woods died of blunt force injury to her abdomen after an autopsy was done at their crime lab in Atlanta. The medical examiner said the Heaven’s body was covered with multiple injuries, old and new.

Heaven’s mother, Amanda Hendrickson, 33, and Roderick Buckner, 34, were charged with first-degree felony cruelty to children, GBI’s spokeswoman Shelley Lang said. Hendrickson has also been charged with giving a false statement, Lang said. And she said more charges may be forthcoming.

Heaven was found unresponsive in Buckner’s Forsyth home at 374 Brookwood Drive Tuesday, where Heaven and her mother, who is reportedly pregnant with her fifth child, had been living since May, according to media reports.

Heaven and her mother had moved to the home r in early May from Rome where Hendrickson has a history with the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, Lang said. She did not provide any additional details on the department’s involvement with Hendrickson.

Monroe County 911 received two calls about 8:51 a.m. regarding an unresponsive child at the Brookwood Drive residence, Lang said in a news release.

When the Forsyth Fire Department First Responders arrived on the scene they found that Heaven was not breathing and they immediately began CPR, Lang said. Heaven was transported to the Monroe County Hospital Emergency Room where she was pronounced dead.

The Forsyth Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and the GBI immediately began an investigation into the death of the child.

Hendrickson told Forsyth police Heaven had been staying with a friend in Rome, and that she was sick when she returned to Forsyth Monday night, according to the incident report from Forsyth police.

First responders performed CPR on the girl and told police Heaven’s body had “visible evidence of possible abuse,” according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The GBI said the Forsyth Police Department and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office are participating in the investigation.

Hendrickson and Buckner remained at the Monroe County Justice Center Thursday night after being denied bond. It’s unclear what happened to Hendrickson’s other children.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Major David Brown with the Forsyth Police Department (478) 994-6022 or Lieutenant K.B. Ayer with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (478) 994 7287.