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Father of deceased infant arrested
Charges: involuntary manslaughter, first degree cruelty to children

An autopsy has been completed on a 3-month-old girl who died last week under suspicious circumstances. A spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said details of that report are not yet available.

“They did the autopsy but [we] are waiting for the printed report,” said Cpl. Doug Rainwater, a spokesman with Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. “We are not releasing … specifics right now except [the child suffered] significant trauma to the head.”

Deputies and fire department personnel responded to a call Jan. 3 at an address on Little Mill Road in reference to a medical emergency. 

Upon arrival, they discovered the infant, Skylar Picklesimer. She was transported to an area hospital by ambulance, where she was later pronounced dead, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

In same the news release, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office stated that the father, Jacob Picklesimer, 23, initially reported finding the infant unresponsive while in the bed with both parents.

After interviews with both parents and witnesses, the father was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and first degree cruelty to children, the release stated.

A police incident report from Catoosa County dated Jan. 10, 2017, showed Jacob Picklesimer has a previous alleged history of violence involving family. He 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 wife at the time — who has a different name than the 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 four-year-old son witnessed the attack as well.

Jacob Picklesimer is currently in the Forsyth County Detention Center and being held without bond. The Major Crime Unit is continuing the investigation into Skylar’s death.

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

Alexander Popp contributed to this story.