A Georgia teacher allegedly linked to the 2020 murder of a 2-year-old child was arrested over the weekend and charged, officials announced. The suspect, identified as 32-year-old Kianna Aiesha Renee Davis, is said to be a teacher at Seckinger High School in Buford, FOX 5 reported.
Authorities said Davis and another suspect linked to the murder, Kiyon Devoy Benton, have each been charged with malice murder, felony murder, cruelty to children in the first degree, and aggravated assault among other charges.
The indictment that was filed in Houston County Court stated that the 2-year-old victim Karter Ambrose suffered a liver laceration after a blunt object was used to hit her. Davis and Benton’s relationship with the victim was, however, not stated in the indictment.
In the wake of the incident, the indictment alleged that Davis and Benton failed “to seek immediate medical attention” after the minor sustained the injury, 11Alive reported.
Responding to Davis’ arrest in a letter to families on Monday, Seckinger High School Principal Jimmy Fisher said an investigation had been launched by the district after they were notified that one of their teachers had been arrested.
“As is often the case in situations like this, news about this has spread among students and to social media, and I felt it important that you heard the facts from me first. Although this news may come as a surprise to you and spark questions, I want to reassure you your student is in good hands. A substitute will continue to cover the duties of the teacher in question for the time being,” Fisher added in the letter.
“As your principal, I am committed to the work we are doing to foster a safe and positive school environment and encourage our school community to come to me when you have concerns.”