Father kills child’s mother before fatally shooting himself, says GBI


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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Sunday that a one-year-old Covington girl at the center of an Amber Alert and the suspect charged with abducting her are both dead.

“We just don’t know what triggered this,” said Sgt. said Jack Redlinger. “We don’t know if there are any mental issues. I don’t know of any arrests on him yet, so I don’t know his background. Hopefully in a few days we will have that information.”

Officials said the Newton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after 1-year-old Jaquari Bennett was allegedly abducted from a home on Chandler Field Drive in Newton County on Saturday.


The Newton County Sheriff’s Office said Darian Javaris Bennett, 38, the toddler’s father, shot and killed the child’s mother in the home. Redlinger identified her as The child’s grandmother was also injured and told police that Darian Bennett took the child away.

Investigators said the mother’s two other children were in the home at the time of the shooting. They were uninjured and had no connection to the father. The child’s grandmother is in critical condition.

Newton County Sheriff’s Offices said Darian Bennett called to tell law enforcement he was with the baby at a church on Riverdale Road and Adams Drive in Clayton County, threatening to do harm to the child and to himself.

The sheriff’s office said the man shot the child before turning the gun on himself.

Authorities earlier warned that they may be traveling in a black 2007 Honda Accord RGJ4146.

The GBI confirmed the toddler’s death in a tweet on Sunday.

The black Honda Accord the suspect was driving was still at the scene Sunday morning. Law enforcement found the car with the door open Sunday morning in Clayton County near a church.

Riverdale officers reportedly heard multiple gunshots and found Jaquari and Darian Bennett dead in the woods.

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Covington, GA Timeline, Amber Alert

First, investigators say a 911 came from a home in Covington around 11:14 p.m. Saturday night. It was then that deputies found a woman shot dead and the mother of the victim injured. She flew to the hospital by helicopter. She reportedly told investigators that her granddaughter’s child abducted her.

Amber alerts for a black Covington Honda Accord went off overnight.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office said the child’s father called 911 from Clayton County around 7:30 a.m. Sunday and said he would shoot the child and himself. It’s unclear when officers responded, but officials said the father killed the baby and then himself.

FOX 5 Atlanta is on its way to the scene of the fatal shooting for more details.


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