GWINNETT COUNTY, GA—A 23-year-old woman has been charged with the death of her child who was found with multiple stab wounds in an apartment fire.
The child has been identified as 6-year-old Jayveon Pruitt, Gwinnett County Police said in a news release today, Oct. 24.
The young boy’s mother, A’zaria Shante Burton, of Peachtree Corners, has been charged with Malice Murder, Felony Murder, Arson 1st Degree, Aggravated Assault, Tampering with Evidence, Possession of a Knife during the Commission of Certain Crimes, and Cruelty to Children 1st Degree. Burton was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail on Friday, Oct. 20, around 9:30 p.m. and is being held with no bond.
The fire occurred on Oct. 19, shortly before 8 a.m., according to authorities. The Gwinnett County Police Department and the Gwinnett County Fire Department were dispatched to an apartment fire at 4900 Springs in Peachtree Corners.
The original call came from a resident on the upper level of the building. When members of the fire department arrived, they could hear an audible fire alarm coming from the unit on the first level. After making entry into the first-level unit, they discovered an unresponsive boy who appeared to have multiple stab wounds, authorities said.
The child was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. The child was the only occupant inside the apartment at the time, police said.
Officers assigned to the West Precinct arrived on scene to begin the criminal investigation and to begin searching the area for any persons of interest.
At approximately 9:15 a.m., officers found a woman identified as A’zaria S. Burton behind the building. Her clothing was wet, and she was wearing only one sock. She was taken into custody, authorities.
Authorities have not stated a motive for the murder.
Photos via Gwinnett County Police.