Georgia Woman Faces Murder Charge In Death Of 2-Year-Old Foster Child

| by Jared Keever
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A Georgia woman has been charged with murder in apparent connection with the death of her 2-year-old foster child. 

Jennifer Rosenbaum, 27, of McDonough, Georgia, was booked into the Henry County jail Dec. 4 on charges including murder, aggravated assault, two counts of first-degree cruelty to children and one count of second-degree cruelty to children, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. 

Henry County Police Department spokesman Capt. Joey Smith told the paper his agency was “unable to make any public comments in reference to the specifics of the case at this time.”

But according to the Henry Herald, Rosenbaum was charged in connection with the Nov. 17 death of 2-year-old, Laila Marie Daniel, a foster child that was in her care. 

Rosenbaum’s husband, 26-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum, is facing two counts of child cruelty. 

Smith told the Herald in an earlier story that emergency personnel were called to the Rosenbaum’s home on Nov. 17 around 5:40 p.m. after a 911 call reported a child was choking on food. 

Police arrived at the home about eight minutes after the initial call and then called for detectives, according to a police report obtained by the Herald. 

The cause and manner of the toddler’s death has not been reported.

Jennifer is an Army veteran and Emory University law student, and had announced her candidacy for Henry County Commissioner. 

A Facebook page for that campaign had been removed Dec. 5, according to The Journal-Constitution. 

It is unclear how long Laila had been in the Rosenbaum’s care.

Both Jennifer and Michael Rosenbaum are scheduled to appear before a magistrate judge Dec. 7.

Sources: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Henry Herald (2)

Photo credit: Henry County Sheriff’s Office via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution