Man arrested in connection to child’s death

Damian Belle (Photo credit: Muscogee County Jail)
Damian Belle (Photo credit: Muscogee County Jail)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - On March 21, 2014 Columbus Police units were dispatched to Station 4 of the Columbus Fire Dept. at 200 North Oakley Drive in reference to a 23-month-old child having trouble breathing.

Members of the Fire Department transported the child, Ki Ja Bassett, to the Midtown Medical Center ER and notified the Columbus Police Department.

Ki Ja Bassett was airlifted to Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta on March 21. She passed away on March 24.

An investigation by the Columbus Police Department resulted in the arrest of 40-year-old Damian Belle.

Belle was booked into the Muscogee County Jail charged with murder (family violence) and cruelty to children in the first degree.

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