Murray County 2-year-old struck by truck and killed

"It appeared" the 23-year-old stepfather of a 2-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a truck in Murray County on Tuesday was inside a house playing video games when the child got out of the house, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

The incident report includes 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 mother of the child who died was not at the home at the time.

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.

"Parents of (redacted) and (redacted) arrived on scene," the report said. The woman "was very distraught." The man "arrived on scene screaming, and was very upset by the situation, attempting to confront Mr. Walls" and the woman. The man "did gain his composure after speaking with officers, and stayed separated from parties ... "

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 Tuesday.

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 — and no charges are expected against either of them.

“Obviously, we know what happened to cause the death of the child, and now we are trying to figure out the how and the why,” Davenport said. “How did that child get in the road? We are still waiting on the investigation to be completed before we determine if any charges will be filed.”

The Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), Division of Family and Children Services and the sheriff’s office are investigating. The two other children who were in the home have been assigned a Division of Family and Children Services caseworker but are residing with family members, according to the sheriff's office and a family member.

“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. “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.”

A call to the phone number listed for Walls on the incident report was not answered.

 

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