Dad kidnaps, kills baby after killing her mother: GA officials

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A father killed his 1-year-old daughter and himself after killing the child’s mother and kidnapping the baby in Georgia, officials said.

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A father killed his 1-year-old daughter and himself after killing the baby’s mother and kidnapping the child in Georgia, officials told local news outlets.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation issued an Amber Alert to the child, Jaquari Bennett, on behalf of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office early Sunday, June 12. The agency said in a Facebook post that Jaquari was last seen in Covington and believed to have been with Darian Javaris Bennett.

Later on June 12, the GBI posted an update stating that Jaquari had passed away.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office officials told CBS46 that Bennett, 38, shot and killed Jaquari’s mother at a Covington home on the night of Saturday, June 11, and then kidnapped the child.

Emergency services arrived to find the mother, 38-year-old Keshawn Washington, dead and Jaquari’s grandmother who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, officials told WXIA. The grandmother, who was taken to a hospital in critical condition, told officers Bennett had taken the child.

The mother’s other children, ages 11 and 12, were in the house at the time and were picked up that night by another relative, officials told CBS46.

On the morning of June 12, Bennett called police and said he was outside a church in Riverdale with Jaquari and “threatened to harm the child and himself,” officials told FOX 5.

He then shot the baby “before pointing the gun at himself,” officials said, according to the outlet.

No other information has been released as of Sunday, June 12. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Newton County Sheriff’s Office at 706-717-9915, WXIA reported.

Covington is about 35 miles outside of Atlanta.

Bailey Aldridge is a reporter who delivers real-time news in North and South Carolina. She has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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