Newnan woman arrested for child molestation
by Wes Mayer
A Newnan woman was arrested Friday on charges of child molestation following an investigation by detectives with the Newnan Police Department and the New York Police Department in Queens.
On March 20, Sgt. Beatrice Bugg with the Newnan Police Department received a call from Lisa Johns, supervisor with the Coweta County Department of Family and Children Services, about possible child molestation allegations in Newnan. According to Bugg, the complaint was issued by the New York Police Department and the alleged incident occurred on the 100-block of Brisbane Court in Newnan.
According to Bugg, detectives with the NYPD and Queens Child Abuse Squad are working on an investigation involving two children who were physically injured in Queens — a juvenile girl may have been mortally injured. The suspects of the abuse, the children’s father and his girlfriend, Crystal Soogrin Hagley, fled from New York, but it is possible that Hagley sought refuge at her mother’s house on the 100-block of Brisbane Court. For the investigation, Detective Kimberly Wylie with the NYPD traveled to Newnan.
After detectives performed surveillance on the Newnan home, Hagley was determined to not be in Newnan, Bugg said. Detectives did see a juvenile girl between the ages of 4 and 5 at the residence, though. During the investigation in New York, a forensics analysis was performed on Hagley’s cell phone by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and on the phone, child pornography photos were discovered. According to Bugg, when Wylie returned to New York, she identified the juvenile girl in the cell phone’s child pornography photos as the juvenile girl seen at the residence in Newnan.
After this, Bugg was notified of the discovery by Wylie, and it was determined the child lived at the home with her mother, Kerissa Cunningham, 25. Bugg then located and charged Cunningham with child molestation, and she was transported to the Coweta County Jail. The juvenile was turned over to the Department of Family and Children Services.