Media release: The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with a 2017 child death investigation.
According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, deputies and investigators responded to a residence on Cedar Creek Road on April 24, 2017, to investigate an infant suffering from a reported cardiac arrest. The 11-week old child was taken to Children’s Hospital of Atlanta for treatment but died four days later. An autopsy was performed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner’s Office, which determined that the child died as a result of homicide. The cause of death was found to be craniocerebral trauma.
Investigators filed warrants against Jerry Wayne Bagley Jr., 21, of Cartersville for murder and cruelty to children first degree based upon their investigation and the autopsy findings. On Sunday, Feb. 11, just after midnight, deputies were able to take Bagley into custody on these charges. Bagley is being held at the Bartow County Jail awaiting a superior court bond hearing.