Facts surrounding the death of a 2-year-old going to the grand jury

The district attorney says the facts surrounding an incident where a 2-year-old girl was struck and killed by a truck in Murray County in October of last year will be presented to a grand jury on Monday.

Bert Poston had said previously that a joint investigation was still pending involving the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia State Patrol, Murray County Sheriff's Office and the Murray County Division of Family and Children Services, with the GBI as the lead agency.

According to a sheriff’s office incident report, "it appeared" the 23-year-old stepfather of the 2-year-old girl who was struck and killed was inside a house playing video games when the child got out of the house.

The incident report included information that two 2-year-olds got out of the house at 1420 Old Dalton-Ellijay Road in Chatsworth. A Division of Family and Children Services worker spoke with the parents on the scene. The report said, "It appeared Mr. Jordan Walls was inside playing video games, and the children ... snuck out of the back door that does not lock properly.”

The incident report said Walls "approached the scene with concern." He said he was looking for two 2-year-olds "that got out of his home ... "

"Mr. Walls fell to his knees crying when he realized that (redacted) was possibly the one struck by the vehicle," the report said.

According to the incident report, a Dodge Ram and a Nissan truck collided, and the child was struck by one of the trucks, at the intersection of Diamond Way and Old Dalton-Ellijay Road shortly after 7 p.m. on Oct. 15.

Sheriff's office Chief Deputy Jimmy Davenport said one of the drivers swerved to avoid the child and collided head-on with the other truck. He said there was no fault on the part of either driver, ages 18 and 17.

“We are investigating and will see if any laws were broken or if there was any negligence,” Special Agent in Charge Joe Montgomery of the GBI said in October. “We were requested to assist by the sheriff’s office and the District Attorney’s Office and are working with them and the Division of Family and Children Services and will go from there.”

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