Mother indicted for 2-month-old daughter's death

Ariel Kerbo
Ariel Kerbo
Posted at 6:30 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 15:01:04-04

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A Valdosta woman has been indicted on murder charges after her infant daughter died last year.

Ariel Kerbo, 24, was arrested in June after officials were called to her home where the child was found unresponsive. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to our partners at the Valdosta Daily Times, Kerbo was indicted on one count of felony murder and one count of cruelty to children in the first degree.

Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress told the Valdosta Daily Times that Kerbo was interviewed about the incident and her "story changed."

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VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - A Valdosta mother is in jail after being accused in her 2-month-old child's death.

24-year-old Ariel Kerbo is charged with second degree murder.

Kerbo was taken into custody this morning after an autopsy of the child showed internal evidence of trauma to the infant.

Valdosta Police say they were called to an apartment at the Hudson Dockett Public Housing Complex Saturday morning, where the two-month-old baby was found not breathing.

The child died at the scene, and that's when investigators say they started a homicide investigation, a standard protocol for VPD.

Wednesday during a news conference, Chief Brian Childress said that this case is a perfect example of why they have that protocol in place, to always investigate every death the same way even if there is no sign of foul play.

"I believe if it were not for the work of the police department, crime scene techs, detectives, coroners, medical examiners, and even EMS, this woman would have got away with murder," said Childress.

According to investigators that 2-month-old girl, Kerbo, and her other 2 year old child were the only ones in the home at the time of the death.

Kerbo is charged with murder in the second degree, cruelty to children in the second degree, and providing a false statement.