GBI says autopsy complete on Ella Grayce Pointer; awaiting more testing

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation medical examiner has completed the autopsy examination for Ella Pointer.

At this time, the results are pending further forensic testing and details from the investigation.

The cause of death and other details have not been released as of Wednesday morning.


Previously Posted:

On October 29, 2016 between 1:30 am and 2:00 am, the Polk County Police Department and E.M.S. personnel were dispatched to 45 Adamson Drive apartment number 19 in Cedartown to a child not breathing. Once on scene it was discovered that a 21 month on baby girl was not breathing and E.M.S. personnel began C.P.R. The baby was transported to the Polk County Medical center in Cedartown then airlifted to Egelston hospital in Atlanta. The child passed away on Sunday October 30, 2016 at approximately 4:46 pm. The baby was identified as Ella Grayce Pointer.

The Polk County Police Department Criminal Investigation Division along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating the cause of death. We are currently awaiting the results of the autopsy report from the G.B.I. crime lab as well as hospital records before an official cause of death can be made. There were two men with the baby at the time of the incident who have been interviewed. As we gather more information about the case another release will be done.

One of the men with the child at the time of the incident has been arrested for violation of his current probation conditions. He is identified as Dustin D. Putnal age 27.

The Polk County Police Department has issued a statement on Facebook regarding the community reaction to the tragic death:

We have noticed a lot of angry statements that have been made on Facebook regarding the death of Baby Ella Pointer. We currently have 4 investigators assigned to this case as well as the G.B.I. Everything is being done to find out what happened to this precious child. Please remain calm and allow the investigative process to take place.