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SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

Donald Harris and Allison Studdard are in the in jail in the Worth County jail, as they await transport to Lowndes Co., Mississippi. 

They agreed to waive extradition and will soon be headed back to Mississippi, where they're facing methamphetamine charges.

"I think there's a lot of questions that Mississippi wants answered," said Lt. Ronnie Graddy of the Sylvester Police Department.    Officers found 2-year-old Maliah Harris in the back of the 2002 Pontiac Aztec when they stopped the couple outside the EZ Gas Station on E. Franklin Avenue.   

"The female suspect, she really didn't say too much. She broke down and started crying. The male suspect, Donald, he knew what it was in reference to,"  said SPD Officer Paul Klein.   

Worth County EMS was called to check the distraught, but unharmed toddler.   "The only thing I could think of was to sing songs I sing to my little girl and try to calm her down,"  said Klein.      

Officer Klein says he and two other officers were shocked when they saw the 34-year-old Harris, and 31-year-old Studdard drive by.   "It's 12:00 at night, there's very little, minimal traffic that's coming through Sylvester, and all the sudden here's an Aztec,"  said Graddy.  

"That's an unusual car for this area. We don't see too many of them," said Klein.   Investigators believe the couple may have been heading to see family in Cook County. They say WALB broadcasts telling people about the couple's south Georgia connection could have helped track them down.   

"There's so many more people out here in this community then there are officers.  And if we can all work together for the same common good, then the chances and likelihood of seeing that vehicle were gonna be a lot greater,"  said Graddy.  

Now, the department is patting officers on the back for a job well done.   

Mississippi deputies are expected to arrive first thing in the morning to take couple back for possession of methamphetamine charges as the investigation into the death of their 7-month-old baby continues.

 

 

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