Deputies: Burns may have played a role in toddler's death
COWETA COUNTY, Ga. - New details were released Friday in the death of a Coweta County toddler. Her parents have been arrested in connection with that death.
Coweta County investigators said the 2-year-old girl suffered multiple burns which might have contributed to her death.
Friday, investigators were back at the home on Tranquil Road, a street name that belies the horrific tragedy that occurred here this week.
DJ and Elizabeth Lee were charged in the death of their 2-year-old daughter Aleigha. Investigators told FOX 5 the toddler suffered severe burns on her right leg. The toddler’s mother, 29-year-old Elizabeth Lee, who was charged with the child's murder, blamed the burn injuries on an accident with a hot hair straightener.
But investigators said the claims of an accident does not agree with the medical examiner's report. They also said after the Lees' 911 call to report the child unresponsive, deputies found evidence of methamphetamine use, which is the same drug that authorities said previously caused the couple to lose their five children to state custody shortly after Aleigha's birth in 2016.
Investigators said the Lees enrolled in a brand-new Coweta County Accountability Court for families, got their children back, and graduated in June 2018. A photo provided to FOX 5 by the Newnan Times-Herald shows the couple at graduation. Another photo by the newspaper shows Elizabeth Lee holding another of the couple's children. At the time of Aleigha's death, investigators said the couple then had six children with a child younger than Aleigha.
In a statement to FOX 5 News, the court manager said:
“Staff of the Accountability Court programs are devastated by this horrific tragedy. We are saddened by the loss of little Aleigha.”
The statement goes on to say there was never an issue of physical abuse of the children in the previous case against the Lees.