Sketch of deceased toddler

Update: Mom Tossed Tot Son’s Body in River to Hide His Death, Police Say

A little boy found deceased in the Chattahoochee River earlier this month in Georgia was allegedly put there by his own mother to hide the child’s death.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, the incident happened in Cobb County at Paces Mill Park, along the Chattahoochee River, according to firefighter Detrich Reid. A child, who was a male between one to three years of age, police said, was found lying lifeless in the river on July 1.

“Cobb County Fire, they came out here to do a public service announcement just to teach about water safety and as they got out here, they noticed there was a toddler or a child of some sort that was floating down the river,” Cobb County Officer Shenise Barner told Fox 5 Atlanta.

Breyanla Cooper/Cobb County Sheriff’s Office

Police arrested Breyanla Cooper and charged her with concealing the death of another, a felony. She remains behind bars without bond. Police now say that the boy was dead before the suspect put him in the river, and she left him there to conceal his death.

Police also said that DNA testing confirmed that Cooper was the mother of the child. Authorities believe the little boy had been in the water for numerous days before he was found. So far, a cause of death has not been determined.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information is urged to call Cobb County police at 770-499-3900. Check back for updates.

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[Feature Photo: GBI via Kelly Lawson]