On Thursday, a mother from Georgia was taken into custody and charged with murdering her seven-year-old daughter. The arrest was made following the discovery of the child’s body in an abandoned apartment on Sunday. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Alondra Hobbs faces charges of “felony murder” and “second-degree cruelty to children” in relation to her daughter’s death.
Details surrounding the child’s death have not yet been revealed by authorities. However, according to Fox 5 Atlanta, the child has been identified as Alivia Hobbs-Jordan. The DeKalb County Police Department also confirmed Hobbs’ arrest and the child’s identity via Twitter.
The discovery of the child’s body was made by an anonymous Georgia resident. The man said he was leaving a friend’s residence at the Hidden Valley Apartments when he noticed that the front door to one of the units was “wide open.” As he walked closer to the unit, he said he noticed a “foul odor.”
Upon entering the apartment, the man observed that the “lights were off” and “no one was home.” Additionally, he noted that there was still furniture present in the apartment, but it appeared that someone had “left in a hurry.” He then walked to the bedroom and noticed that the closet door was left open, revealing a protruding figure that he later realized was a human arm.
Further examination led the man to discover the body of a “young girl.” He described her as looking like a “mummy” due to the state of decomposition. The man then made several attempts to contact 911, but he claims that they did not believe his account of events. However, officers eventually responded to the incident around 9 p.m.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the apartment had been vacant for several months, but neighbors reported that squatters had frequently used it. They also recalled that a woman did inhabit the apartment, but they had never seen a child with her.
Neighbors expressed sadness at the news of the child’s death and the circumstances surrounding it. One neighbor said, “The child never went out of the apartment. Didn’t go to school. There was nobody to say, ‘Where was this kid?’ And that’s sad. It’s a sad statement about the world we live in.”
The investigation into Alivia Hobbs-Jordan’s death is still ongoing in Georgia and more information may be forthcoming as the case develops.