The Franklin Police Department is located in City Hall on the court square in Franklin, GA. It is a modern, well-educated, highly competent department consisting of both sworn and civilian personnel. We value high integrity, the community Policing philosophy and continually strive for excellence in all that we do. In this regard, our primary focus is protecting and serving our citizens with the highest possible levels of commitment, to obligation by all members of the Department. As the City of Franklin continues to grow, the department will progress in order to persistently exceed the needs and expectations of our residents, visitors, and employees. Most importantly, the cornerstone of the Franklin Police Department is to continually deliver service with honesty, integrity, respect, teamwork, professionalism, and loyalty.
The parents of deceased, Jackson Robert Lee Ward were arrested on Monday, October 21st, after a joint investigation was conducted by the Franklin Police Department and Georgia Bureau of Investigations, into the death of the 41 day old child.
During the afternoon hours on August 6th, the Heard County Emergency Services and Franklin Police Department were dispatched to a residence located in Heard Mobile Home Park, regarding an infant that wasn’t breathing. Upon their arrival, Jackson Robert Lee Ward was unconscious and immediately rushed to West Georgia Medical Center, while emergency medical personnel attempted to resuscitate the infant. Procedures continued after arriving at the hospital, but sadly they were unsuccessful.
The Franklin Police Department and Heard County Coroner’s Office were notified and responded to the West Georgia Medical Center, where they began an investigation into the cause of death. The deceased infant was transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to be performed.
Due to the many unanswered questions surrounding the infant’s death, the Franklin Police Department requested the assistance of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; a joint investigation ensued. A preliminary finding by the Medical Examiner’s Office determining an unnatural cause of death, to include blunt force trauma, together with much fact finding and evidence gathering resulted in today’s arrests.
On Wednesday, October 16th, a Superior Court Judge signed arrest warrants for Jacob Mitchell Ward and Amanda Lynn Ward of 214 Elcona Drive, Fayetteville, Georgia. Both were charged with (1) count of Murder and (1) count of Cruelty to Children. They are currently being held at the Heard County Jail.