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Three arrested in child death investigation

Cynthia Dee Felder. Charged with first degree cruelty to children and felony murder. Source: Tift County Sheriff's Office Cynthia Dee Felder. Charged with first degree cruelty to children and felony murder. Source: Tift County Sheriff's Office
Isis Felder.  Charged with first degree cruelty to children and felony murder. Source: Tift County Sheriff's Office Isis Felder. Charged with first degree cruelty to children and felony murder. Source: Tift County Sheriff's Office
Lashastas Osceola Felder.  Charged with first degree cruelty to children and felony murder. Source: Tift County Sheriff's Office Lashastas Osceola Felder. Charged with first degree cruelty to children and felony murder. Source: Tift County Sheriff's Office
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

The three caretakers of a 14-month-old have been arrested for her death after a year long investigation.

On September 26, 2014, 14-month-old Zy-Irah Brown was brought in to Tift Regional Medical Center after she reportedly started showing cold-like symptoms and became unresponsive, she was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) says that Brown was being cared for by her paternal grandmother, Cynthia Felder and her aunts, Isis Felder and Lishastas Felder at their residence in Tifton. 

After an autopsy performed by the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Macon Brown's death was ruled a homicide due to significant injury to her head.

As a result, the Tift County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation and requested assistance from the GBI’s Sylvester Regional Office. 

After a meeting with the Tift County District Attorney’s Office regarding the results of the investigation, the decision was made to charge and arrest the Felders for Brown’s death. All three were charged with first degree cruelty to children and felony murder.

The arrest was made in Crisp County on Thursday without incident and the Felders were transported to the Tift County Jail.

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