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No bond yet for parents of dead child

Mark Pro, GBI Mark Pro, GBI
The Jacobs home The Jacobs home
SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

A Worth County mother and step-father remain in jail without bond, after being charged with killing their two year old daughter. Raelynn Huff was found dead in her room last week by her mother.

New state laws are combating the abuse by making the crime a more serious offense. Authorities urge the community to look out for child abuse in their own neighborhoods.

Jamie and Lonnie Jacobs walk in court with blank faces as they appear before a magistrate judge in Worth County, after the child was found dead in their home on Highway 112 North last week.

"The second charge is murder in the second degree which is also a felony. Anytime you lose a child, it's pretty devastating not only for the family that's involved but the community also," said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mark Pro.

The Jacobs were not arrested until yesterday afternoon. Assistant Special Agent Mark Pro says the delay is a result of a complete investigation.

"We just have to investigate the case thoroughly. We want to make sure that we turn over all of the information that we can gather during the course of the investigation to the district attorney's office," said Pro.

Pro would not elaborate on the abuse present in this case, only saying it was clear, physical abuse.

The couple is charged under a new state law that upgrades the abuse to murder charges when it impacts the death.

"It's difficult being a parent. It's important that parents take care of their children and that they understand all of their responsibilities that are involved and go along with being a parent," said Pro.

More importantly, folks in the community are urged to keep an eye out in their own neighborhoods for evidence of child abuse.

"They are responsible to help us try and see any kind of activity that they may think is a violation of the law when it comes to children," said Pro.

The Jacobs will have to apply for a bond hearing in Superior Court. The charges carry a 10 to 30 year sentence.

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