Man accused of leaving infant daughter "to die out in the woods"

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County police are searching for a Lawrenceville father they said abandoned his 5-month-old daughter Monday, leaving her "to die out in the woods."

Police were originally responding to a domestic violence call at the home on James Road in Lawrenceville Monday. According to reports, 21-year-old Rayvon Gray had punched the mother of his child in the face and stomach "because they were arguing over a phone number." Gray's mother armed herself with "a large kitchen knife" and fled to a car to call police.

When authorities arrived at the scene, Gray and his infant daughter were gone.

Officers searched the nearby woods for Gray, instead finding the child on a densely covered path more than 300 yards from the house, according to a police report.

"Only a few feet away (from the child), there was a spider web that looked to be home to a black widow," the report said. "(Her) attire would (have) likely resulted in her death as there is an abundance of wildlife in the area and the nighttime temperatures would drop significantly," it continued.

Medics called to the scene did not find any bite marks or other injuries on the child, whom police believe was missing from her home for at least 30 minutes.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Gray had not been taken into custody on warrants for reckless conduct, battery and third-degree child abuse.

Gwinnett County jail records show Gray has been arrested 11 times since 2008, on charges including theft by receiving, marijuana possession and multiple counts of battery. Police said they had previously responded to "many domestic situations" at his James Road home.