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Woman charged with first-degree child cruelty

Christiana Tetteh

Christiana Tetteh

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville woman accused of trying to smother her 4-year-old daughter in a kudzu patch was formerly charged Thursday.

Christiana Rajuno Tetteh, 41, was indicted by a Gwinnett County grand jury on charges of aggravated assault and first-degree child cruelty in the Sept. 18 incident.

According to reports, Tetteh called police to her Tumlin Trace home at about 1 a.m., saying she believed her daughter, Jochebed, was dead.

When officers found the child outside, lying in a kudzu patch, she was very much alive and crying, reports said.

Investigators believe, according to indictments, that Tetteh choked the child and left her "exposed outdoors for an extended period of time."

Police have not released a motive for the alleged crime.

After being released from the hospital the same day, Jochebed was placed in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services.

Gwinnett police spokesman Brian Kelly said her father, who was out of the country at the time of the incident, has since been awarded custody.

Tetteh, a Nigeria native, remains behind bars at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.