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Baby dies in mesh netting

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Albany's Child Death Investigation Team is looking into the death of a 4-month old baby in east Albany.  The baby died at a house on Leonard Avenue.

Family members tell us Travontae Goude's head became entangled in the mesh netting of a playpen. The child's 14-year-old mother and the baby don't live in the home, but were staying with family members. A family member tried to revive the child, while EMS was called.

"Once I arrived they had actually placed the child on the couch area so they had removed the child from the bed to the couch. Actually the granddad had performed CPR on the child before EMS arrived on the scene," said Investigator Greg Blackmon.

Investigators questioned the mother and other relatives who were in the home to find out exactly what happened. Goude's body will be sent to Atlanta or Macon for an autopsy.

The infant death comes just days after the death of a toddler in metro Atlanta. An 11-year old babysitter is charged with murder in that case. Investigators say 2-year old Zyda White died over the weekend as a result of head injuries and blunt force trauma to her body and buttocks.

Several kids together can move pretty fast. Keeping an eye on all of them can be exhausting. There are always mis-steps and emergencies which is why the American Red Cross has stepped in with training for babysitters.

Nigel Poole is the ARC-Educational Services Director. "Always remain calm, treat the child as if it were your own. Important rules to remember, they also teach babysitters, typically between the ages of 11 and 15 the basics. We're go through all the way to change a diaper, to feeding both bottle care and spoon feeding a child, up to the CRP and First Aid."

Giving tweens the basics on how to give a child or infant compressions or life saving breaths and when to call 911. They use a video to teach conflict resolution, something that may have helped an 11 year old Atlanta babysitter now facing charges.

"This part goes over the discipline of the kid. You're not supposed to touch the kid, not even spank them even if the parents say it's okay," said Poole.

When it comes to infants, Pediatricians continue to push the back to sleep plan, that reminds parents to put an infant between birth and 6 months to sleep on their backs. "They're not as risk of suffocation is the biggest thing when they cannot raise their head," said Dr. Tania Smith of Prestige Pediatrics P.C.

Between birth and six months can be the most dangerous time of an infant's life. That's why parents need to check a child's bedding, especially in today's economy. "People are going to the Thrift Stores and using hand me downs more often, you just have to be aware of any older equipment because the slate size is different, the spacing between the crib slats the requirements are different now a days. That also includes lowing a crib mattress when a child turns one to prevent them from climbing and falling causing an accident or injury," said Smith.

The American Red Cross is getting ready to offer another babysitting class in November. It will be held here in Albany. For more information on how parents can sign up their tweens they can find links to the American Red Cross on our web page at

That babysitter charged with murder in Fulton County is being held at a Youth Detention Center while prosecutors review the case.

  • Click HERE to see the Albany Red Cross Facebook page. 
  • For information, email Nigel Poole 
  • You can also call 229-924-2026 or 229-591-0038.

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