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July 17, 2002

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating the apparent foul-play death of an infant in Crestview last weekend. An autopsy determined 19-month old Kayla Regine Mays died of head injuries.

Sheriff's Deputies and Emergency Medical Services personnel were called to 5513 Aurora Drive, Crestview on Saturday morning (July 13), where the child's mother, Tonya D. Mays, reported finding Kayla dead at approximately 9:00 A.M., on the floor where she had been sleeping. The mother reported she had last checked on the baby at about 2:00 A.M.

There were no obvious external injuries to the child, but an autopsy revealed serious head trauma, and the death has been ruled a homicide.

The case remains under investigation. Anybody with information should contact Investigator Robert Grappone at the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office at (850) 609-2000 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS (863-8477).

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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