Friday, July 26, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE — Four years later, John Randall Wyatt has been indicted for the alleged murder of a toddler.
Wyatt, 29 at the time of his arrest in April 2009, was indicted by a Gwinnett County Grand Jury this week on three counts of felony murder, as well as single counts of aggravated battery, aggravated assault and first-degree cruelty to children. He was previously charged with just one count of murder and one of cruelty to children in the incident involving the 2-year-old daughter of an acquaintance.
According to initial police reports and indictments, Wyatt was babysitting 2-year-old Andrea Marginean on the afternoon of April 11, 2009, while her mother — described only as an acquaintance — was out for the day. Officials believe Wyatt intentionally hit the girl’s head on a bathtub when she wouldn’t stop crying. When Nichole Marginean returned to the Lawrenceville home, she noticed her daughter’s head was bruised and she was having trouble breathing.
The toddler was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where she died four days later.
Felony murder charges are filed when a suspect causes the death of another while committing a felony, “irrespective of malice.” The three such counts against Wyatt are based on the battery, assault and cruelty charges.
Wyatt has remained in the Gwinnett County jail since his original arrest.