19-year-old Alexis Washington, from Atlanta, is now facing charges after the 2-year-old daughter traveling with her on a bus died. On Tuesday, July 21st Alexis and the infant were traveling by Greyhound bus from Greenville, S.C. to New Orleans. The bus had a scheduled stop in Atlanta, but she missed her connecting bus and decided to walk around the city.
The woman then got a ride back to the bus station from a police officer. While at the station, she noticed her daughter was unresponsive. She then took the child outside to cool her off. As Washington was walking back to the bus station, she saw that the child was still unresponsive. She then tried CPR, and instead of calling 911, she chose to walk to the hospital, even though she wasnâ€™t familiar with the area.
Two women saw her holding the child and crying on the Peters Street bridge at around 2:30 a.m. that morning. After speaking with her, one of the women called the police. The baby was pronounced dead upon arrival at Childrenâ€™s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding.
The Pitt County, N.C. Department of Social Services had an open case on the family. On Wednesday, July 22nd, the police charged Washington with reckless conduct and cruelty to children in the second degree.