Forsyth, GA – On Friday, May 30, the GBI obtained additional arrest warrants for Amanda Hendrickson, 33, and Roderick Buckner, 34, related to the death of Heaven Woods. Hendrickson, Heaven’s mother, and Buckner were both charged with one count of Felony Murder and one count of Aggravated Battery. These charges are in addition to the Felony Cruelty to Children charges each faces in the case.
On May 20, 2014, Heaven was found unresponsive at 374 Brookwood Drive in Forsyth. Heaven had moved to this address with her mother in early May of this year from Rome, GA where Hendrickson has a history with the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services.
On Tuesday morning at 8:51 AM, Monroe County 911 received two calls about an unresponsive child at the Brookwood Drive residence. When the Forsyth Fire Department First Responders arrived on the scene they found Heaven not breathing and they immediately began CPR. Heaven was transported to the Monroe County Hospital Emergency Room where she was pronounced dead. The Forsyth Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and the GBI immediately began an investigation into the death of five year old Heaven Woods.
An autopsy of Heaven determined the cause of her death to be blunt force trauma to the abdomen. The autopsy of also revealed Heaven had multiple other injuries, new and old.
Hendrickson and Buckner have both been denied bond and are being held at the Monroe County Justice Center.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Major David Brown with the Forsyth Police Department (478) 994-6022 or Lieutenant K.B. Ayer with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (478) 994 7287.