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Police: Mother tried to kill child
Girl found alone in a nearby patch of kudzu

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police arrested a Lawrenceville mother early Friday on charges she tried to suffocate her child in a woodsy patch near her home.

Christiana Tetteh, 41, called 911 about 1 a.m. Friday to report that she believed her 4-year-old daughter was dead, according to police.

Police responding to Tetteh's Tumlin Trace residence found the girl, alone and crying, deep in a nearby patch of kudzu.

After interviewing the mother and child, police charged Tetteh with criminal attempt to commit murder. She remains in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

Police are trying to determine why Tetteh may have wanted the child dead.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said the girl was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center for examination, and later turned over to the Division of Family and Children Services.

"I wasn't advised of any visible injuries," Schiralli said in reference to the child.

According to Tetteh's arrest warrant, she carried the victim into the kudzu and attempted to suffocate the child with her hands, leaving her behind.

The child will remain in DFCS custody until a hearing in Gwinnett County Juvenile Court to determine appropriate custody, police said.

Schiralli said the child's father has been contacted was en route to Lawrenceville from Africa on Friday. "I'm not sure if they're separated or divorced," Schiralli said.

Tetteh is of Nigerian descent, according to jail records.