DONALSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) – An 18-year-old woman who previously held the title of Miss Donalsonville, Georgia, has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of a young child, according to Sumter County jail records. Trinity Madison Poague is facing charges including Felony Murder, Aggravated Battery, and Cruelty to Children in relation to the death of an 18-month-old boy who was brought to a hospital unresponsive. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations indicated that the child was admitted to the emergency room at Phoebe Sumter Hospital in Americus, Georgia, where attempts were made to save his life, but unfortunately, he did not survive.
Following her crowning as Miss Donalsonville last year, Poague also participated in the Miss National Peanut Festival Pageant. The case is still under investigation, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations stated that once their investigation is complete, the case file will be handed over to the Southwestern Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
The tragic incident has prompted involvement from the Georgia Southwestern State University Police Department and the Americus Police Department in assisting with the ongoing investigation. The details surrounding the circumstances of the child’s death have not been disclosed, but the charges Poague is facing indicate the gravity of the situation. She is currently being held without bond, as per jail records.
The community of Donalsonville, Georgia, and its neighboring areas are reeling from the news of the arrest of the once-prominent figure. The case will undoubtedly continue to unfold as additional details emerge, and it will be closely monitored by local residents and authorities alike.