GLENNVILLE, Ga. (WTOC) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 16-year-old on Friday on charges of murder for the death of his 10-year-old sibling.
Tattnall County’s sheriff says the death of a 10-year-old is tragic enough. But the tragedy compounds when another minor is in jail charged with the child’s death and they both lived under the same roof.
The GBI was requested by the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday to assist with a death investigation. Earlier that day the sheriff’s office responded to a call of an unresponsive person on Barnard Road in Glennville.
The 10-year-old was taken to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy on Thursday to determine cause of death. Preliminary results show the child was strangled to death.
“It is our understanding that some sort of argument ensued between the siblings prior to the 10-year-old being discovered unresponsive,” said Sheriff Kyle Sapp.
The ten-year-old attended Glennville Elementary. School Superintendent Dr. Gina Williams says they had extra counselors on campus Thursday and Friday and available for students to work through the shock of losing a classmate so young.
Anyone with information on this investigation should call the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office at 912.557.6777 or the GBI Statesboro office at 912.871.1121.