FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A 3-year-old toddler was found dead Feb. 25 in north Forsyth County.
Christopher E. Truett, 25, of Butts County, who was babysitting at the time, has been charged with one count each of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated battery, according to Forsyth County Sheriff’s investigators.
Truett, who is the boyfriend of the 3-year-old’s mother, is currently being held at the Forsyth County Detention Center.
The preliminary autopsy from Georgia Bureau of Investigation states the child died as a result of blunt force trauma, Sheriff Duane Piper said.
The incident unfolded Tuesday, Feb. 25 about 11 a.m. when a medical call in reference to an unresponsive 3-year-old was placed to the Bridgetowne subdivision off Browns Bridge Road.
Truett called 911 and then the child’s mother, Dawn Schutts, arrived home, completed the 911 call and started CPR on her child, Wyatt Pruitt.
Truett fled the home and ran into some nearby woods. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search for Truett in the woods behind the subdivision and located him a short time later.
Pruitt was taken to Northside-Forsyth Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m.
Later that night, the neighbors and those who live in the area held a candlelight vigil.
“The tragedy just sickens me,” neighbor Susan Newton told CBS Atlanta. “I’ve got two children and it just breaks my heart, mother to mother. I just can’t imagine what she is going through right now. It just breaks my heart.”