Lavonia Woman Indicted in Infant’s Death

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

A Lavonia woman has been indicted on three counts of murder in the death of her infant son.

Court documents released this week indicate that 21-year-old Cheyenne Nicole Burtch was indicted on two counts of felony murder and one count of malice murder in the death of two-month-old Curtis Dean Burtch III.

According to count one of the indictment, Burtch allegedly murdered the child with malice of forethought by breaking his ribs and crushing his skull.

Count two alleged that Burtch, while in the commission of the offense of felony Cruelty to Children in the First Degree, caused the death of the baby by causing quote, “malicious and excessive pain.”

Count three of the indictment alleged Burtch caused malicious bodily harm to the baby rendering useless a member of the baby’s body, his skull.

Court papers say the incident happened January 9.

According to Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas, Burtch called 911 to report her baby was not responding and was not breathing right.

Thomas said EMT’s determined the baby had severe head injuries.

The baby was put on life-support at Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, but died several days later.

The body was sent to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta for autopsy and after over a week of investigation and interviews, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Burtch and charged her with murder.

Bond for Burtch was denied last month and no trial date has yet been set.

She remains in the Franklin County Detention Center.