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Police: 'Foul play' involved in bus trip death of child

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police say foul play is suspected in the death of a 2-year-old child who died after a Greyhound bus trip.

Police said an autopsy report indicated that Ty-Mia Simpson died of asphyxiation and compression of the neck. Authorities said a toxicology report indicated trace amounts of a narcotic in the child.

The child's mother, Alexus Washington, 19, is charged with murder, reckless conduct and second-degree cruelty to children in the death of Simpson.

The mother and her child was traveling from Greenville, S.C. to New Orleans. While in Atlanta on a layover, police said they missed two connecting buses to New Orleans. Video showed the mother walking around "aimlessly." The child was also seen walking in the video.

At some point, Washington got a ride back to the bus station from a police officer. While at the station, she said she noticed Simpson was unresponsive. Instead of calling 911, police said Washington chose to walk to the hospital even though she wasn't familiar with the area.

Two women saw Washington holding Simpson and crying on the Peters Street bridge at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Washington told them her child was "cold," according to Atlanta Police Capt. Terrell Griffin. One of the women called police after speaking with Washington.

Simpson was pronounced dead upon arrival at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding.

Washington was originally charged in late July. Police released the results of the autopsy on Thursday.