Newton County, Georgia mother Jennifer Bellah reportedly confessed to law enforcement that she’d shot her two-year-old daughter dead at home Tuesday
Georgia mother Jennifer Bellah has been charged with the murder of her two-year-old daughter, after she reportedly confessed to law enforcement that she’d shot little girl Natalya.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the incident happened at the toddler’s grandmother’s house in the city of Oxford.
Newton County Sheriff’s Department charged the 31-year-old Wednesday after they received a call Tuesday at 5.53pm to the property on Brown Thrasher Run.
The little girl was pronounced dead at the scene.
It has not been revealed who called 911 however it’s believed that only two people were there at the time – mother and daughter.
Detectives are struggling to find a motive for the slaying but after finding shell casing, spent bullets and a weapon at the location, found it reasonable to charge Bellah.
‘Jennifer Bellah was interviewed…and probable cause was determined to charge her with murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime,’ Deputy Favel Edwards told WSB-TV Atlanta 2.
Detectives are struggling to find a motive and haven’t revealed who made the call to emergency services, however it’s believed only two people were at home (pictured) at the time
Neighbor Jackie Kennedy told Channel 2 that she’d last seen Natalya playing in the front yard and knew the pair from meetings while walking around the area.
‘[They] seemed like a happy family,’ she said. ‘I did not expect to come home and see this in my community.
‘I’m really sorry about that, and it breaks my heart. This was a baby. A two-year-old baby. It’s devastating.’
Fellow neighbor Michael Robinson described the killing as ‘unthinkable’.
He added: ‘I just saw the little girl yesterday, and the mom, and I’m always waving to the grandparents.’
Natalya’s body has been taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.
Bellah is due to appear in court Thursday in front of a magistrate judge, reports Fox5.