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Police: Adopted dad killed 3-year-old daughter

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police arrested Rodney Hamilton in the death of his adopted 3-year-old daughter.

The case stretches back to Jan. 30, 2015, when Tamiah Hamilton was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with reports of a seizure. Because of her serious condition, she was immediately transferred to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. Staff there determined her injuries could have been caused by another person.

Gwinnett County homicide investigators interviewed all of the adults living in the home with Tamiah. They determined only her uncle, who had adopted her, was home in the 24 hours leading up to her hospitalization. Hamilton told police he discovered Tamiah in bed, with her mouth clenched shut. Her adopted parents told police she hadn't been diagnosed with any medial issues, but did have developmental delays as a result of her biological parents' drug abuse.

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Former SEC football player charged with murdering 4-year-old


LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A former SEC football player has been charged with murdering his girlfriend's son.

Former Louisiana State University (LSU) and South Carolina offensive lineman Steven Singleton was arrested by Gwinnett County Police and charged with felony murder and first degree cruelty to a child.

Gwinnett County Police were called into to investigate after 4-year-old Tye Hardin was admitted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with brain trauma.

Driver charged in fatal Gwinnett hit and run

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A driver faces several charges after a fatal hit and run accident in Gwinnett County Sunday night.

The accident happened near the intersection of Grayson Highway and Gwinnett Drive. Police said a Jeep Cherokee hit a man driving a scooter, then kept going.

The victim, 55-year-old Marchell Smith, was thrown from his scooter and killed on impact, according to police.

Investigators soon found the Jeep behind a house in the 500 block of Grayson Highway, about a quarter-mile from the accident scene. Its driver, Tony Ray Morris, was arrested and taken to the Gwinnett County Jail. He was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, DUI, hit and run, driving with a suspended license, and failure to yield.

The wreck is under investigation.

Boy playing with lighter causes large apartment complex fire

GWINNETT CO., Ga. (WXIA) – A boy playing with a lighter accidentally started a roaring apartment complex fire Friday afternoon, according to Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge.


The fire damaged or destroyed 21 units at Arium Sweetwater Apartments, on Sweetwater Rd., just off of I-85 and Pleasant Hill Rd.

Rutledge said no charges will be filed.

And as tragically routine as an apartment fire is, it is devastating to those whose homes are in its path -- in this case, residents of units at the complex.

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Bank guard charged after stabbing forgery suspect

GRAYSON, Ga -- A bank security officer was charged with aggravated assault after he tried to stop a crime inside the Brand Bank in Grayson Wednesday. Police said the guard, Dale Taylor, 67, stabbed a suspect who tried to cash a forged check.

Ivan Clark, age 29, walked into the bank and went up to a teller and tried to cash a fraudulent check for under $1,500, according to police. "While he was doing this the tellers realized that the check was fraudulent and made contact with the security officer," said Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Deon Washington.

Police said as soon as Clark realized the bank was on to him, he tried to walk out. That's when he was confronted by Taylor who tried to block Clark from leaving the bank.

Man charged in wife's death denied bond

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (WXIA) – The daughters of Matthew Leili spoke out on Wednesday in support of their father, who has been arrested and charged in the death of his wife – the girls' mother.


On Thursday, a judge denied him bond, which means he will stay in jail.

Matthew Leili's 16-year-old daughter traveled to Georgia from Vermont in an effort to get her dad out of jail. Her message on video trumpets her belief that her dad is innocent, but prosecutors insist she has been swayed by her dad's influence.

"We want our dad home," she said. "It's where he needs to be."

Leili's daughters break silence in mom's murder

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (WXIA) – On Thursday, the husband arrested years after his wife's death is expected to be in court.

The night before Matthew Leili is set to have a bond hearing, his daughters are breaking their silence for the first time – four years after their mother's death.


Nique Leili, 44, vanished in 2011. Weeks later, family and friends were devastated when they were the ones to find her body in a wooded area. The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death unclear.

Last month, investigators arrested Matthew Leili, based on computer evidence, saying Nique Leili was somehow asphyxiated.