Muscogee County Coroner releases new details 2023 death of 6-month-old

Muscogee County Coroner releases new details 2023 death of 6-month-old

A murder investigation which began in September of 2023 in Columbus and new details have been released by officials today.

The investigation began after a 6-month old-girl, identified as Keniyah Gates, was pronounced dead on September 25, 2023 in Columbus, according to officials.

The girl’s mother Shantra Gates was arrested by Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office in December of 2023. Gates was charged with murder and cruelty to children 2nd degree.

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan says the GBI ruled Keniyah’s death as a homicide, with blunt force trauma to the head, on February 26, 2024.