Months before police discovered the body of an autistic girl in a trash bag miles from her Georgia home, a devastating find that immediately raised suspicions of foul play, her mother had allegedly beaten her and at least two other children and had been investigated by the state’s Department of Human Services.
The murder warrant against Brittany Nicole Hall, 27, details her apparent efforts to cover her tracks after she allegedly called 911 and told dispatchers her 8-year-old daughter Nicole Amari Hall had vanished on Nov. 21.
“I woke up yesterday morning and my daughter wasn’t here,” Hall said at the time, according to WAGA-TV. “The door was cracked. I went outside the whole place. I did not see her. I called 911.”
Authorities in Gwinnett County said they later discovered the child’s battered body in a trash bag dumped in a wooded area 15 miles from the HomeTowne Studios Hotel in Peachtree Corners where Hall and her daughter were staying.
Authorities said at that time that it was not immediately clear what caused the little girl’s death but police quickly countered her mom’s claims that the girl had simply wandered off.
“I can’t speculate on why they reported her as missing. But our investigation revealed Amari was not, in fact, missing. Very early in the investigation, we began to suspect foul play,” Gwinnett County Police Chief J.D. McClure told reporters during a press conference after investigators found the child’s body around 10:45 a.m on Nov. 23.
By the end of the week, murder charges had been filed against both Hall and her partner, Celeste Owen, 29.
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SOURCE: The Daily Beast, Zoe Richards