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Mother, boyfriend arrested in death of Bartow County child

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Brandy Ann Boyd, Austin Levi Payne Brandy Ann Boyd, Austin Levi Payne
Journey Ann Cowart Journey Ann Cowart

Two people have been arrested in connection with the death of a child in Bartow County.

According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, a 1-year-old child was taken to Cartersville Medical Center reportedly not breathing. The child was declared dead in the emergency room.

The child's grandparents said her name is Journey Ann Cowart.

Bartow County Sheriff's Office investigators interviewed the mother of the child, Brandy Ann Boyd, 25, and her boyfriend, Austin Levi Payne, 24, and searched their home.

The GBI Medical Examiner's Office found numerous injuries of abuse on the child during the autopsy.

Cowart's grandparents said the coroner told them she had broken bones that had healed and recent breaks, and she had internal injuries.

Though the results of the autopsy are not final, investigators arrested Boyd and Payne late Thursday on charges of aggravated battery and first-degree cruelty to children.

Millsap said that further charges on the pair are likely pending the final autopsy results.

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