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Macon Grandmother Accused in Death of 11-Year-Old

The arrest warrant for a 49-year-old Macon woman reveals the details behind what police called the "suspicious death" of her 11-year-old granddaughter. 

Police say the paternal biological grandmother, Cynthia McCleskey-Baldwin, is charged with first degree cruelty to children, felony cruelty to children and felony murder.

According to the arrest warrants, the autopsy performed on Ruth Baldwin revealed "a history of blunt force trauma".   The injuries covered up to 80-percent of her chest and abdomen, 60-percent of her legs, 30-percent of her arms and 10-percent of her face.

The autopsy also found recent blunt force trauma to the girl's face and chest.   Some of the injuries were caused by McClesky-Baldwin whipping her granddaughter with a cord, leaving cuts and welts.

The grandmother, according to the warrants, admitted to punishing Ruth Baldwin by depriving her of food for up to three days at a time.

The felony murder warrant lists as causes of death: "innumerable blunt force trauma injuries, soft tissue injuries, malnourishment, dehydration, and neglect..." 

The abuse and neglect allegedly happened at the home the two shared at 2569 Old Holton Road in Macon.

McClesky-Baldwin is listed in the warrants as Ruth Baldwin's adoptive mother.

She remains in custody, according to the Bibb County jail website. 


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