UPDATE 10:17 a.m.: NCSO confirms Riverdale PD heard shots behind church
A reliable source tells The Clayton Crescent that a baby who was kidnapped from Covington was shot dead in Riverdale this morning, with the father then turning the gun on himself, and that the child’s mother also was shot dead in Newton County. The child’s grandmother also was wounded and taken to a hospital. The baby was the subject of an Amber Alert.
Police say Darian Javaris Bennett, 38, kidnapped 1-year-old Jaquari Bennett around 11 p.m. Saturday night in Covington. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation issued an Amber Alert, saying Bennett had taken the child and was driving a black 2007 Honda Accord with license plate RGJ4146.
Fox 5 News reported the grandmother told law enforcement that Bennett had taken the child.
According to the source, the suspect’s plate resulted in a “hit” in Forest Park, and “Forest Park Police engaged” with the suspect.
Around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Bennett called Clayton County 911, saying that he was in a wooded area behind a church off Riverdale Road and threatening to kill himself and the baby.
According to Newton County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jack Redlinger, Riverdale Police “heard shots from behind the church and then located both deceased. No engagement.”
We have asked Clayton County Police for more details. Clayton County 911 dispatches for other agencies in the county besides CCPD.
Riverdale Police Chief Todd Spivey told The Clayton Crescent, “We are investigating the death of one male and one infant currently. Incident believed to be related to Amber Alert out of Newton County. Investigation ongoing.” Spivey referred The Clayton Crescent to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office for more information.
Attempts to reach the Newton County Sheriff’s Office spokesman were not successful as of press time. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has confirmed the deaths of Bennett and the baby but is not handling the investigation.
CBS46 reports that the child’s grandmother was hospitalized and that two other children were in the home at the time of the kidnapping:
This is the Covington house that two women were shot in and a baby was taken from late last night. Law enforcement says the baby’s mother is dead and the baby’s grandmother is in the hospital. Two other kids were inside at the time of the crimes. @cbs46 pic.twitter.com/RaTqheV7KQ— Madeline Montgomery (@MadelineTV) June 12, 2022
Fox 5 Atlanta reported the Newton County Sheriff’s Office said Bennett had called law enforcement, letting them know he was at a church on Riverdale Road and Adams Drive, and that he was planning to kill himself and the baby.
Damn… this hurts. I lost my only child to a traffic accident last year and, I’m still crying over that. This is sad, painful, and so senseless. My God…