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Baby found wandering parking lot

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office was summoned to a Chevron gas station on Ga. Highway 142 in Newborn by a complainant who found a 1-year-old child wandering unattended in the parking lot Saturday night.

When deputies arrived around 9:30 p.m., they had no idea who the child was or how long he had been left unattended.

"I was at the store with the child for approximately 20 minutes before the child's father arrived," the responding deputy stated in an NCSO incident report. "Newton County DFCS arrived on scene and upon completion of their investigation, removed the child from the home."

NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell said it appeared the child had wandered to the service station from his home.

Carlos Thomas Odom, 35, of 121 Fulton St., Newborn was arrested and charged with first degree cruelty to children.

In other crime news, Mitchell said deputies responded to a domestic dispute on Ridge Avenue, south of Covington and when they arrived they found a woman who told them she had been beaten and robbed.

"The female had been struck multiple times and forced out of her vehicle and the vehicle taken from her by her child's father," Mitchell said, adding that the assault happened in front of two minor children who he described as being "kindergarten age."

Deputies later located the Honda that was allegedly taken from the woman and arrested Tyrone Lee Seats, 23, of 245 Salem Glen Way, and charged him with robbery, aggravated battery and two counts of second-degree cruelty to children.

The Golden Pantry convenience store at 3538 Salem Road was robbed in the early morning hours Friday. Deputies found the front glass door smashed around 2:30 a.m.

Mitchell said numerous cartons of cigarettes were taken.

"Investigators are looking into evidence to see who did this ... looking at store video to see what they can discover," he said.

Mitchell said the only information they wished to release at this time is that the perpetrators appeared to be heavy-set men.

An armed robbery was reported to the NCSO Sunday night by a couple living on Dayton Way.

Mitchell said the couple called to say that two black men came to their residence to show them some electronic equipment they had for sale.

"During the transaction, both individuals brandished firearms and demanded money from them. The victims were struck in the head with the pistols and robbed of an undetermined amount of cash," Mitchell said. "Investigators are trying to determine exactly what happened."