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Greenville Co. mother charged in baby's death

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Georgia Sprouse (Photo from Greenville County Detention Center) Georgia Sprouse (Photo from Greenville County Detention Center)
James Johnson (Photo from Greenville County Detention Center) James Johnson (Photo from Greenville County Detention Center)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Greenville County woman is charged in connection with the death of her one-year-old daughter, Greenville County Deputies said Wednesday.

Georgia Ann Sprouse faces one count of Homicide by Child Abuse/Aiding and Abetting and one count of Accessory After the Fact to Felony. She was arrested on Wednesday by the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force and the Laurens County Sheriff's Office. Investigators said Sprouse was located on Pond View Drive in Laurens County.

Deputies said they were called to a home on Fews Chapel Road in Greer on May 25 because the baby was not breathing. At the time, deputies said Sprouse told them that her daughter, Nevaeh Sprouse, had drunk tea from a glass and began choking. Deputies said Sprouse told them she began CPR on the baby and called for help.

But deputies say Sprouse kept changing her story about what happened to the baby. Investigators said an autopsy showed the child had been suffocated, and later died at the hospital on May 27th.

Greenville County Deputies said Sprouse didn't do anything to help save the baby's life. Neighbor Mildred Arledge lives next door to the home where the baby was found unresponsive. Arledge told FOX Carolina exclusively that she had never seen Sprouse, or the baby, and was told they had been visiting the people who live at 1942 Fews Chapel Road in Greer.

26-year-old James Johnson was arrested and charged with homicide by child abuse in early June. Deputies said Johnson is not the baby's biological father. People who knew Johnson and Sprouse told FOX Carolina that Johnson lived with the baby's mother. 

The arrest warrants for the baby's mother say Sprouse "did allow injuries to be inflicted as the result of excessive corporal punishment which resulted in the eventual death of the victim." Deputies said Johnson committed the suffocation, but deputies said Sprouse didn't do anything to stop or save her baby's life.

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