GBI makes arrest, searches for suspect in baby death

GBI makes arrest, searches for suspect in baby death
(Source: Raycom Media)

SYLVESTER, Ga. (WALB) - On Friday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrested Chassity Nicole Swain, 21, of Sylvester, for felony murder and cruelty to children in connection to the death of her son Joshua Swain, 2, on November 13, 2019.

Chassity Nicole Swain
Chassity Nicole Swain (Source: Worth County Sheriff's Office)

A warrant was also taken for Willie James Rhodes, Jr., 45, of Sylvester, for second-degree murder and cruelty to children.

Rhodes’ whereabouts are unknown at this time.

In the late evening hours of Nov. 13, Worth County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Lovett Road, north of Sylvester, in reference to a report of a child that died.

Once deputies arrived, they discovered the body of Joshua Swain, who was pronounced deceased at the scene.

An autopsy was performed by the GBI and indicates the child’s manner of death is homicide, caused by severe injuries.

The Patticake House is a child advocacy center in South Georgia.

Their forensic interviewers say the public needs to learn the signs of abuse and speak up about anything out of the ordinary. The Patticake House offers training on how to learn the signs of abuse.

“All I can urge people to do is if they ever see anything in any way that seems out of line or out of character they must report it to be able to possibly save a child’s life,” said Melissa Wood, manager and Senior Forensic Interviewer at the Patticake House.

This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information related to the death of Joshua Swain or Rhodes’ whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Worth County Sheriff’s Office at (229) 776-8211 or the GBI at (229)-777-2080.

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