Americus, GA (January 20, 2024) – The GBI has arrested and charged Trinity Poague, age 18, of Donalsonville, Georgia, with Aggravated Battery, Felony Murder and Cruelty to Children First Degree. On Sunday January 14, 2024, at about 2:00 pm, the Georgia Southwestern State University Police Department asked the GBI to investigate the death of a child. 

The investigation indicates an unresponsive 18-month-old boy was admitted to the emergency room at Phoebe Sumter Hospital in Americus, Georgia.  Hospital personnel performed life saving measures on the child; however, he later died.  

After multiple interviews & an examination of the evidence, GBI agents arrested Poague.  She is currently booked at the Sumter County Jail with no bond.  

The Georgia Southwestern State University Police Department along with the Americus Police Department assisted with this investigation.  

If anyone has information about this case, anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app. 

Once the investigation is complete, the casefile will be given to the Southwestern Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. 


Special Agent in Charge Joe Chesnut