Autopsy: Child burned to death

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The decision whether or not to file charges against a Grayson woman whose 3-year-old daughter died in a fiery vehicle crash this week could be months in the making, police said Friday.

Authorities believe Alicia Tubman, 26, may have been intoxicated when she crashed her Toyota Highlander in Dacula on Monday, killing her daughter, Jayla Cook. Tubman was airlifted to an Atlanta burn unit but is expected to recover.

Ted Bailey, Chief Forensic Investigator with the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's Office, said an autopsy revealed the child had burned to death.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said criminal charges could be filed against Tubman, but a determination won't be made until toxicology reports are returned to police -- a process that typically takes eight to 12 weeks, he said.

Police won't say what leads them to believe Tubman had been drinking.

"Right now, (investigators) have an indication that she was under the influence, but they're not going to discuss it until toxicology reports come back," Schiralli said. "They're waiting to get their ducks in a row."

Tubman has been able to communicate with investigators, Schiralli said. A spokesperson with Grady Memorial Hospital said she remained in stable condition in a burn unit Friday.

The single-vehicle crash happened about 7 p.m. Monday on a curvy portion of Ga. Highway 124 near Old Fountain Road. Police said Tubman lost control of the Toyota, struck a fire hydrant and a tree before the vehicle came to a rest and caught fire.

Jayla was riding in a rear car seat during impact. A bystander pulled Tubman from the burning vehicle but was unable to rescue the child before flames engulfed it, police said. Jayla died at the scene.