Police: Sitter fatally struck girl, 2

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man faces murder charges for fatally striking a toddler's head on a bathtub who wouldn't stop crying, police said Thursday.

John Randall Wyatt, 29, is charged with murder and cruelty to children in the death of 2-year-old Andrea Marginean, an acquaintance's daughter whom Wyatt was baby-sitting, police said.

Wyatt was watching the girl Saturday afternoon at her Cedar Farms Drive home near Lawrenceville while her mother, Nichole Marginean, was elsewhere for the day.

When the elder Marginean returned, she noticed the child was bruised with head trauma and had difficulty breathing. She rushed her to an area hospital, police said.

The child was airlifted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, where she remained in critical condition until she died Wednesday, said Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman.

"Investigators believe Wyatt struck the child because the child was crying," Spellman said.

Wyatt forced the victim's head into a bathtub, according to his arrest warrant. The Gwinnett Medical Examiner's Office has completed an autopsy that concluded the child's death was unnatural, Spellman said.

Wyatt and the victim's mother have been acquainted for four months, though their stories conflict about the nature of their relationship, Spellman said.

Wyatt remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond pending a probable cause hearing April 30.

Andrea's death marks the second murder case involving an infant in Gwinnett in as many weeks.

Latasha Malone, 34, is charged with murder and child cruelty for allegedly shaking and beating a 2-month-old boy to death earlier this month. The boy, Jayden Jamison, was the son of Malone's nephew's girlfriend. She was baby sitting him at the time, police said.