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May 5, 2008

By Cade Fowler

Albany, Ga--A 3-year-old South Albany boy originally thought to have drowned in the bath tub Friday morning...didn't drown at all. Now police are saying that the young victim, Shondarius Roney, was murdered...the suspect in the case is the boyfriend of the victim's mother.

Vincent Soilberry was the person who made the 9-1-1 phone call on Friday stating that the child had drowned...But the autopsy does not back up that claim and now police are treating this case a homicide.

This all began Friday morning when police and EMS units were called out to a home at 2216 South Jackson Street. It was here where 18-year-old Vincent Soilberry was caring for the son of his girlfriend, Shaquita Bell who was not home at the time.

Police say the 3-year-old was found unresponsive and pronounced dead 30 minutes after paramedics rushed the child to the hospital. Soilberry was arrested and jailed on Friday for a previous trespassing warrant. Autopsy results proved that the child did not drown and police reports indicate that the victim had bruises on his chin, thigh, stomach, and behind his ear.

Soilberry has not been charged in the case, he is only being named a suspect at this time. He remains in the Dougherty County Jail without bond.

So far, no warrants have been issued for anyone's arrest in this case.