The 17-month-old victim, Kaylee Rayne Johnson, died last Wednesday after being found unresponsive at the bottom of the stairs at the home of her mother’s boyfriend, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Michael Naples, 30, of Woodstock has a history of domestic abuse and violence, according to a number of police incident reports going back to 2004.
The child’s mother, 22-year-old Jaime Beck of Bartow County, was at the Woodstock residence belonging to Naples when the child was injured and her involvement is also under investigation, Lt. Col. Ron Hunton, head of criminal investigations for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, told the Tribune on Tuesday.
“The investigation is continuing and we are looking into past reports and conducting interviews,” Hunton said.
Hunton said past behavior is most times indicative of future behavior.
“He (Naples) certainly is a suspect, along with the mother; the death is certainly suspicious and certainly her involvement is under investigation,” Hunton said.
Hunton said the autopsy revealed the child had a number of injuries, but would not elaborate about whether they were from the incident days before the child died or whether they went back further.
Both Beck and Naples were in the home at the time of the accident, as well as Naples’ 6-year-old son and Beck’s 3-year-old daughter, Hunton said.
The other two children are now in custody with the Department of Family and Children Services because of the investigation, Hunton said.
In 2007, Naples was arrested after police say he violated a temporary protective order his wife at the time, Mandy Baisden Naples, took out against her husband.
Baisden first called police Oct. 23, 2005, while they were dating to report that Naples was abusive toward her and had been “beating on her for the last couple of months,” according to a police report at the time.
Police reports from 2008 show that by then the couple had married, and a family friend reported Naples “kept his wife trapped in an abusive relationship through violence and threats.”
At that time, Baisden left Naples and was starting legal actions to protect herself and their 1-year-old son, reports indicate.
In this latest situation involving Naples, investigators are awaiting complete autopsy results for Kaylee, which could take several weeks, Hunton said.
Kaylee was found injured on Oct. 14 in the early morning hours when her mother called 911 to report she was hurt.
Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services personnel were unable to get the child to respond when they arrived at the house, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The toddler died two days later at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.