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VIDEO: Mother faces judge for first appearance in baby's death
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Jennifer Bellah, 31, made her first appearance in a Newton County courtroom Thursday morning after her arrest Tuesday night in the shooting death of her 2-year-old daughter, Natalya. Flanked by attorney Anthony Carter of the Newton County Public Defender’s Office and Sgt. Freeman Moody of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Bellah listened as Magistrate Court Judge Melanie Bell explained her charges. - photo by Darryl Welch

COVINGTON, Ga. - Dressed in a Newton County Sheriff's Office-issued suicide suit, Jennifer Michelle Bellah was in front of Alcovy Judicial Circuit Chief Magistrate Judge Melanie Bell Thursday morning in the Newton County Jail courtroom. Bellah is represented by Anthony Carter, chief public defender for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.

Bell presented Bellah with her charges, which include murder, aggravated assault - family violence, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and pointing a pistol at another. Bell said she did not have the authority to grant bond in the case. 

Bellah's case will be presented to the Newton County Grand Jury, a process that Bell said could take up to 90 days. 

First appearance of Jennifer Bellah


According to a news release from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Bellah is charged with the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Natalya Bellah, after an incident at the 65 Brown Thrasher Run home in Oxford Tuesday evening. 

Bellah reportedly called 911 Tuesday evening to report she had shot her daughter. Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis pronounced her dead on the scene.

The body of Natalya Bellah was transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Medical Examiner's Office for the autopsy. 

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The Covington News will continue to update this story as information is received. 

Staff Writer Darryl Welch contributed to this report.