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Pair arrested after child found dead

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Robert Benton/Source: Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office Robert Benton/Source: Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office
Melissa Fullmore/OURCE: Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office Melissa Fullmore/OURCE: Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office
EMANUEL CO, GA - WFXG -

Robert Michael Benton and Melissa Faye Fullmore are behind bars in Emanuel County after Fullmore's child was found dead in their home.

The Oak Park Police Department and the Emanuel County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene Tuesday, May 21 where they found four month old Rosalynn Rullmore, unresponsive in her bassinet. The child was transported to Emanuel Medical Center by ambulance and pronounced dead by Emanuel County Coroner Jeffery Peebles.

Investigators from the Emanuel County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation
were called to the scene to investigate the death. The investigation revealed that both Benton and Fullmore had ingested methamphetamine the previous night and had fallen asleep around
9:00am on Tuesday. When Benton and Fullmore woke up around 2:00pm and found the child.

Investigators also found marijuana and methamphetamine, and evidence that the drugs were being used in the residence. A handgun was also located in the residence.

Benton and Fullmore are being held without bond in the Emanuel County Jail. Both have been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime and Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

"Chief Investigator Rocky Davis and GBI Special Agent Josh Alford are working with the GBI Medical Examiner and Coroner Peebles and are awaiting autopsy May 22, 2013 results. All agencies involved are working closely together and are sharing all information immediately with the District Attorney's Office," said Sheriff Stephens.

Anyone with information related to or helpful to this investigation is asked to call the Emanuel County Sheriff's Office at (478) 237-7526 or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at (478) 364-6988.

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