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Father accused of 3-month-old daughter’s death released on bond
Jacob Picklesimer
Jacob Picklesimer

The father of a 3-month-old girl that was found dead last week has been released on bond. 

According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater, a spokesman with Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Jacob Picklesimer was released from the Forsyth County Detention Center Thursday morning after posting bond in the amount of $38,740.

Picklesimer, 23, was arrested Jan. 5 and charged with two felonies — involuntary manslaughter and first-degree cruelty to children: Deprivation of necessary sustenance. 

An incident report from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, recently obtained by Forsyth County News, details the circumstances that surrounded the discovery of the infant at a local residence and the subsequent arrest of Picklesimer.

According to the report, deputies and fire department personnel responded to a call Jan. 3 at an address on Little Mill Road in reference to a medical emergency. 

Deputy C. Miller, the first responder at the scene, stated in the report that upon arrival he found 23-year-old Jacob Shane Picklesimer holding the unresponsive infant. Miller stated that he performed CPR on the infant until the fire department arrived. 

Miller stated the infant, Skylar Picklesimer, was transported to an area hospital by ambulance, where she was later pronounced dead.

Miller stated that during the incident Picklesimer appeared “very nervous,” and that he repeatedly “kept making comments about how he did not want to get into trouble or go to jail for what happened.”

In his report, Miller noted that the family was living in a barn behind a home on Little Mill Road. He stated that he was able to see “dog feces and a large puddle of urine inside the barn near the front door. I could also see a lot of clutter, a crib that was full of random items, and noticed a foul smell coming from inside the barn.”

In a news release, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office stated that Picklesimer initially reported finding the infant unresponsive while in the bed with both parents.

Miller said while speaking with the father he “noticed that he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person,” but that he claimed to have not been drinking. 

Rainwater said that he was “not at liberty to comment” if alcohol played a part in the incident. 

After interviews with both parents and witnesses, the father was arrested and charged.

An autopsy on the infant has been performed, but according to Rainwater, the details of that report are not yet available.

 “They did the autopsy but [we] are waiting for the printed report,” he said. “We are not releasing … specifics right now except [the child suffered] significant trauma to the head.”

A police incident report from Catoosa County dated Jan. 10, 2017, showed Jacob Picklesimer was arrested and charged with battery family violence and third degree cruelty to children.

The incident report, which Forsyth County News obtained via an open records request, details an alleged attack by Picklesimer on his current wife.

In the report, she stated that Jacob Picklesimer “grabbed her by the throat and she was scratched on the left arm.”

The incident report stated that the woman’s 4-year-old son witnessed the attack as well.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Major Crime Unit is investigating the incident.