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UPDATE #1: (Peachtree Corners, Ga., Oct. 23, 2023) – The victim has been identified as Jayveon Pruitt (age 6).

The child’s mother, A’zaria Shante Burton (age 23, Peachtree Corners), has been charged with Malice Murder, Felony Murder, Arson 1st Degree, Aggravated Assault, Tampering with Evidence, Possession of a Knife during the Commission of Certain Crimes, and Cruelty to Children 1st Degree. Burton was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail on Friday, October 20, at around 9:30 p.m. and is being held with no bond.


ORIGINAL: (Peachtree Corners, Ga., Oct. 19, 2023) – A child died after being found with multiple stab wounds while investigating an apartment fire.

Shortly before 8 a.m., the Gwinnett County Police Department and the Gwinnett County Fire Department were dispatched to an apartment fire at 4900 Springs in Peachtree Corners. The original call came from a resident on the upper level of the building. When members of the fire department arrived, they could hear an audible fire alarm coming from the unit on the first level. After making entry into the first-level unit, they discovered an unresponsive boy who appeared to have multiple stab wounds. The child, a boy approximately 6 years old, was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.  The child was the only occupant inside the apartment at the time.

Officers assigned to the West Precinct arrived on scene to begin the criminal investigation and to begin searching the area for any persons of interest.

At approximately 9:15 a.m., officers found a woman behind the building. Her clothing was wet, and she was wearing only one sock. She was taken into custody. Detectives are working to determine her involvement in this criminal investigation. At this point, detectives believe she also resided in the apartment where the child was found.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification. The motivation for this crime is still under investigation.

If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770.513.5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404.577.TIPS (8477) or visit  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. 

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