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Miss Donalsonville, Trinity Poague charged with murder of 18-month-old

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested and charged former Miss Donalsonville, Trinity Poague, age 18, of Donalsonville with aggravated battery, felony murder and cruelty to children in the first degree. On Sunday, January 14, 2024, at about 2 p.m, the Georgia Southwestern State University Police Department asked the GBI to investigate the death of a child. 

The investigation indicates an unresponsive 18-month-old boy was admitted to the emergency room at Phoebe Sumter Hospital in Americus, Georgia.  Hospital personnel performed life saving measures on the child; however, he later died.  

The Sumter County coroner said he was told the 18-month-old’s  name was Jaxton Drew, but according to the birth certificate, his name is Romeo Angeles. 

Officials are waiting for an autopsy report, but based on initial findings, it is believed the 18-month-old’s cause of death was some form of blunt force trauma.

After multiple interviews and an examination of the evidence, GBI agents arrested Poague on Friday, January 19.  She is currently booked at the Sumter County Jail with no bond.  

Georgia Southwestern State University Police Department and the Americus Police Department are assisting the GBI with this investigation. The Sumter County DA said as of right now he has not received a notice of when Poague’s bond hearing will be set.

If anyone has information about this case, anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online. 

Once the investigation is complete, the case file will be given to the Southwestern Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. 

Dainyell Long, Miss Donalsonville Pageant Director commented, “The Miss Donalsonville Pageant Association is deeply saddened to learn about the tragic loss of a child. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. 

 As an organization deeply rooted in the principles of unity, friendship, and community service, we want to reaffirm our dedication to promoting positive values and contributing to the well-being of our small town with integrity, 

While this investigation remains ongoing, the Miss Donalsonville Pageant committee, basing its decision of the organization’s code of ethics, has vacated the title of Miss Donalsonville until a new queen can be crowned at the organizations’s annual pageant in March.”

Poague graduated with honors from Southwest Georgia Academy in Damascus last year. Prior to these charges she was the reigning Miss Donalsonville and recently participated in the National Peanut Festival Pageant held in late October. She also was attending Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, where she was chosen as one of the 22 Freshmen to be part of the President Jimmy Carter Leadership Program last August.

While the boy’s family has asked for privacy at this time, it is reported that a GoFundMe account has been established for the 18-month-old’s father, who is described in the fundraiser as the tot’s “sole caretaker.”

As of Tuesday morning, the page had raised over $9,190 of its $10,000 goal.

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