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Boyfriend charged in death of child, 3

Cause of death, more charges pending results of autopsy, authorities say

POSTED: February 26, 2014 11:59 p.m.
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A Butts County man has been charged in connection with the suspicious death Tuesday of a 3-year-old Forsyth County boy who was in his care.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, 25-year-old Christopher E. Truett faces charges of cruelty to children in the first degree and reckless conduct.

Doug Rainwater, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said more charges are likely pending the results of an autopsy, which will determine how the child died and if he suffered any physical injuries. Those results are not expected until next week.

“The investigation is still very active about what happened Tuesday morning," Rainwater said.

Truett is being held without bond at the Forsyth County Detention Center. Rainwater said the suspect made a court appearance Wednesday morning, during which “the magistrate judge denied bond.”

“Because of that, and since there’s no way he can get out, we’re not going to be in a rush to issue any more charges until a report is complete,” he said.

Rainwater had previously described Truett as a flight risk, citing the brief manhunt to apprehend him Tuesday in the woods around the Bridgetowne subdivision in north Forsyth.

According to the sheriff’s office, Truett is the boyfriend of Dawn Shutts, the mother of 3-year-old Wyatt Pruitt.

Truett was reportedly babysitting Pruitt on Tuesday morning at a home on Roseman Landing in Bridgetowne when the child went into distress.

Pruitt was unconscious and unresponsive when Shutts found him. The couple called 911 about 11 a.m. and Shutts began CPR until authorities arrived.

The boy was pronounced dead about 11:45 a.m. at Northside Hospital-Forsyth, according to the sheriff’s office.

After the 911 call, Truett reportedly ran from the home into some woods near the subdivision, which is off Hwy. 369 and just west of Ga. 400.

The sheriff’s office launched a search, which included its SWAT team, before capturing Truett about 1:30 p.m. At the time, he was described as a person of interest in the investigation.

Deputies returned to the search area Wednesday, which Rainwater characterized as “common practice when someone flees like that and they go into woods.”

“Many times, we’ll go back over and make sure we didn’t miss anything,” he said. “We’re just going back over the tracks. We’re not looking for anything specific.”

According to Rainwater, investigators completed their search of the home Tuesday night.

Rainwater said it was unclear if Truett was living there with Shutts, though he added “they had only been dating for a month.” Shutts’ father owns the house, but lives elsewhere.

 

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