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CASCADE: Parents charged in malnourished infant's death

CASCADE: Parents charged in malnourished infant's death

ATLANTA -- Two Southwest Atlanta residents were arrested Thursday in the death of their five-month-old child.

Tina Hanna, 25, and Lefty Hodge, 42, have been charged with murder and cruelty to children. They are being held in the Fulton County Jail.

The couple's infant was found unresponsive by Grady EMS in an apartment on M. L. King Jr. Drive on Sept. 3, according to Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones.

The child was later pronounced dead at Hughes Spalding Hospital. Police have not said whether the baby was a boy or a girl.

After the infant's death, DFACS took custody of two other small children living in the same apartment, Jones said. Hanna was also arrested that day on an outstanding warrant from Conyers Police; she was later released.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner has determined the child died from dehydration and severe malnutrition.

Reward Increases in Animal Cruelty Case

Norred & Associates, an Atlanta-based security firm, will contribute $5,000 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) who shot a mixed breed pit bull in the head with an arrow with a metal tip. The dog was found wandering the streets in Southwest Atlanta Tuesday evening, Sept. 13. The dog, aptly named "Arrow," is expected to recover from its injuries.

To anonymously submit information related to the dog's injury, call the Help Stop Dog Fighting hotline at 877.215.2250 or submit information at www.helpstopdogfighting.com.

"We need to apprehend this person before another animal or person is injured," said CEO Greg Norred, of Norred & Associates.

The tip line was established as part of the company's overall pro-bono campaign to stop dog fighting.

DeKalb, Fulton receive grants to fight sexual abuse

DeKalb, Fulton receive grants to fight sexual abuse

ATLANTA -- DeKalb and Fulton counties have been awarded grants for use by law enforcement agencies to combat child sexual abuse and exploitation.

The grants awarded Tuesday are administrated by the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Federal officials say DeKalb County will receive $496,793 and the Fulton County District Attorney's Office will receive $352,803. They say Atlanta continues to have a reputation as a center of child prostitution.

Twenty grants totaling $9.2 million are being awarded to agencies across the country.

FBI arrests 4 Fulton County Jail workers

FBI arrests 4 Fulton County Jail workers

ATLANTA -- A law enforcement official says the FBI has arrested four people who worked at the Fulton County Jail.

The official told The Associated Press the four were arrested Thursday morning at the Atlanta complex. Anonymity was requested because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.

Fulton County Sheriff's department spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan declined to comment. Details about the arrests were not immediately available.

There have been other recent arrests involving the jail's workers. Lieutenants Robert W. Hill and Earl Glenn were charged in 2009 with using excessive force against an inmate and then lying about it. Glenn pleaded guilty to the charges, and Hill was convicted after a jury trial.

Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson, a former FBI agent elected in 2008, has said he welcomes scrutiny from federal agencies.

A night of deadly gunfire in Metro Atlanta

A night of deadly gunfire in Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Police investigators have their hands full following a night of violence.

Shortly after midnight, an unidentified man was shot in the head at the intersection of Weyman Avenue SW and Ridge Avenue SW in South Atlanta.

Police Captain Van Hobbs said the man was leaning against a car, talking to the people inside, when another car crashed into the car's rear. Several men in the second car jumped out, shouting "Those are the guys we're looking for."

The men chased the victim into the woods, beat him and shot him in the head. Police are looking for the gunmen.

Hobbs said the victim was in serious but stable condition at a local  hospital. 

A while later, Atlanta Police were called to another shooting about a mile away on Cooper Street SW near Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard downtown. A 17-year-old boy said he was standing on the street when a gunman walked up and shot him in the buttocks. 

DOWNTOWN: Search for murder suspect spreads from Athens to Atlanta

DOWNTOWN: Search for murder suspect spreads from Athens to Atlanta

JEFFERSON, Ga. -- Investigators say a man suspected of murder in Jackson County may now be in Atlanta and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Investigators say 42-year-old Anthony Tyrone Appling is a suspect in a murder that occurred early Monday morning.

Police initially thought he was hiding in the Athens-Clarke County area, but now have reason to believe that he was dropped off in the area of North Avenue and Martin Luther King Avenue in Downtown Atlanta.

Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Appling is described as a 5'10" tall, 270 pound black man. He was last seen wearing glasses, a black T-shirt and dark shorts.

Anyone who sees Appling or knows his whereabouts is asked to call 911. 

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.