Valdosta mom arrested after baby found dead

Valdosta mom arrested after baby found dead

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Valdosta Police Department has arrested a woman after her infant died.

Valdosta Police responded to an apartment in the 800 block of South Fry Street on Saturday morning, where a two-month-old baby was not breathing and was unresponsive.

VPD, VFD and EMS were dispatched to the apartment. The child was pronounced deceased at the scene, and the apartment was secured for an investigation.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner's Office in Macon performed an autopsy, which showed that there was internal evidence of trauma to the infant, and the case was ruled a homicide.

The mother of the child, Ariel Kerbo, 24, was brought to the Valdosta Police Department and interviewed.

Warrants were taken for Kerbo's arrest and she was taken into custody and was transported to the Lowndes County Jail. She will face three felony charges:

  • Murder in the Second Degree
  • Cruelty to Children in the Second Degree
  • Providing False Statement

"Although this incident was terrible, the procedures in-place by the police department and crime laboratory were proven to work in this case. Although there was no initial indication the death was the result of foul play, the scene was treated as a crime scene, trained detectives and crime scene technicians from our local laboratory responded, and an autopsy was conducted. That entire process revealed the infant was murdered," said Chief Brian Childress.

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