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Mother in jail charged with 3-year-old son's death

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By Christy Hutchings - bio | email

HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) - A mother is locked up, facing cruelty charges in her own son's death.

Jocelyn Carroll's 3-year-old son died from blunt force trauma to the head.  Police arrested her friend. Now they've arrested her, too, saying she had knowledge of her son being abused prior to his death.

On Friday she appeared before a judge for the first time. He granted her bond, but as of 6 p.m. Friday, night Carroll had not bonded out.  She remains in jail. Her demeanor Friday morning was much different than when WTOC interviewed her just a few weeks ago.

She walked into the judge's office dressed in an orange jump suit and shackled. Hinesville police arrested Carroll last Thursday. 

"She had knowledge that the child was being physically abused and she continued to leave the child in the care of the abuser," said Det. Doug Snider of Hinesville police.

Snider said that abuser is Carroll's friend, Robert Gonzalez. He was arrested a few weeks back, and charged with her son's murder. But even then, Carroll was standing by her friend. She told WTOC's Dal Cannady Gonzalez was innocent.   

"I truly don't believe that man would hurt my son. If it's an accident, it's an accident.  I don't believe he intentionally hurt my son," said Carroll on March 10.  

But police don't see it that way. They say she knew what was going on and did nothing about it.

WTOC also spoke with the child's father. He said he can't say much until after the trial, but police said that he has been helpful and wants justice for his son.

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