In a distressing turn of events, 18-year-old Trinity Poague, a former Georgia pageant queen, finds herself at the center of a criminal investigation related to the tragic death of her boyfriend’s 18-month-old son.
The Georgia Southwestern State University Police Department initiated inquiries on June 14 after the baby’s admission to the emergency room at Phoebe Sumter Hospital in Americus, Georgia. The child, initially unresponsive, underwent life-saving measures but sadly succumbed to his injuries.
Trinity Poague now faces serious charges, including Aggravated Battery, Felony Murder, and Cruelty to Children First Degree, according to a press release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Arrested after thorough interviews and evidence examination, she is currently held at the Sumter County Jail without bond.
The investigation involves collaborative efforts between the Georgia Southwestern State University Police Department and the Americus Police Department, with the case file destined for the Southwestern Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.
Individuals with information pertaining to the case are encouraged to submit anonymous tips through various channels, including calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), visiting https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or using the See Something, Send Something mobile app.
Trinity Poague’s background as a contestant in the local National Peanut Festival Pageant adds a startling dimension to the case. Sumter County Coroner Mathis Wright revealed conflicting details about the child’s name, listed as Romeo Angles on the birth certificate but referred to as Jaxton Drew by his father at the hospital.
In response to this tragedy, a GoFundMe has been established to support Jaxton Williams, the grieving father. The page emphasizes the untimely loss of an innocent life and the challenges Williams faces as the sole caregiver, now burdened with the heartbreaking task of laying his child to rest. The plea for help and support extends to those willing to assist during this difficult time.
As legal proceedings unfold, the community grapples with the shock of a pageant queen’s alleged involvement in such a devastating incident, highlighting the complexities surrounding this heart-wrenching case.