News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT
KINGSLAND, Ga. (AP) - A 7-month-old infant has died after being left in a hot car near a motel in coastal Georgia. The Florida Times-Union reports details are limited as the investigation continues, but Kingsland Police Inspector Donald Belcher confirmed Tuesday that the child was found in a car near the Quality Inn, next to Interstate 95 along Georgia 40. He says it is unknown if the child and caregivers were staying at the motel or just parked there.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia police officer is charged with assaulting a woman while he was off duty. Cobb County police spokeswoman Officer Sarah O'Hara said in an email that Officer Robert Lanier New was arrested Monday. An arrest warrant says New choked and slapped a woman during sex in March.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A towel-clad woman is accused of stealing a car and its passenger, a nearly 5-year-old Pomeranian named Bear. The Gainesville Times reports Matt Sanders loaded Bear into the car Sunday and ran back inside his Georgia home for his phone. Sanders said he returned to see the unidentified woman drive off with Bear.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A NCAA women's basketball referee has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for molesting a 14-year-old at a Georgia hotel. The Marietta Daily Journal reports 58-year-old Wesley Tyronne Dean pleaded guilty Friday to molesting the boy at a Cobb County Hotel. Assistant District Attorney Katie Gropper says Dean gave the teen money and gifts "with the motivation of exploiting him sexually." The newspaper reports the boy's mother found inappropriate texts between the teen and Dean in October 2016.
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