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SWAINSBORO, Ga. -

The death of a baby in Emanuel County is under investigation by the Sheriff's department. 

Four-month-old Rosalynn Fullmore was found unresponsive by her parents on Tuesday afternoon, May 21.

  Police discovered the parents, Robert Michael Benton and Melissa Faye Fullmore, had ingested methamphetamine overnight and woke up from a late-morning nap to find the baby, WJBF reported. 

 A search of the home revealed meth, marijuana and a handgun.

The child was transported to Emanuel Medical Center by ambulance and pronounced dead by Emanuel County Coroner Jeffery Peebles.

Investigators from the Emanuel County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were called to the scene to investigate the death.

 The investigation revealed that both Benton and Fullmore had ingested methamphetamine during the overnight hours and had fallen asleep at approximately 9 a.m. on Tuesday, deputies said.

Benton and Fullmore awoke sometime after 2 p.m. and found the child unresponsive, deputies said.

While searching the residence, investigators found quantities of suspected marijuana and methamphetamine, and evidence that the drugs were being used in the residence. A handgun was also located in the residence.

According to Emanuel County Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens, both Benton and Fullmore are currently being held without bond in the Emanuel County Jail.

Both have been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

Benton and Fullmore have previously been convicted of felony crimes, including possession and distribution of methamphetamine.

"Chief Investigator Rocky Davis and GBI Special Agent Josh Alford are working with the GBI Medical Examiner and Coroner Peebles and are awaiting autopsy results. All agencies involved are working closely together and are sharing all information immediately with the District Attorney's Office, " Sheriff Stephens said.

According to Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney Hayward Altman, charges related to the death of the infant may be forthcoming, pending autopsy results.

The East Central Georgia Drug Task Force is also assisting with the investigation. Anyone with information related to or helpful to this investigation is asked to call the Emanuel County Sheriff's Office at (478) 237-7526 or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at (478) 364-6988. Benton and Fullmore face various drug and weapons charges and are being held without bond. 

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