Sandy Springs Police announced today the arrest of Tonya Monroe, the grandmother wanted in the death of an infant. Monroe was arrested Thursday, July 22, in Paulding County after eluding police for weeks.

Monroe, 45, is accused of killing her 9-month-old grandchild March 11 through an overdose of methamphetamine.

According to Sandy Springs Police, officers responded to a call of an unresponsive infant on March 11 at about 11 a.m. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office recently determined the baby had died of a meth overdose, the department stated in a press release.

Foul play was not suspected in the baby’s death in March because the baby suffered from a genetic disease that is fatal in infants, according to police.

The police department issued arrest warrants for Monroe on June 14.  She is charged with felony murder, possession of meth and cruelty to children.

Monroe is currently being held in the Fulton County Jail.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.