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She Lied About How Her Grandson Died. When Her Story Was Debunked, She Took Off.

Source: Fulton County Jail; MEGA

Tonya Monroe.

Dec. 19 2022, Published 8:54 a.m. ET

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A Georgia woman lied about how her 9-month-old grandson died. Once an autopsy exposed her lies, she went on the run for about a month.

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Now, she'll remain in one place for the rest of her life: prison.

Tonya Monroe was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to 11 Alive. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis made the announcement Dec. 6.

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Monroe's conviction and sentence are in connection to the death of her 9-month-old grandson, Kobe Shaw, who was found to have died from a methamphetamine overdose.

According to 11 Alive, Monroe originally told authorities that the child had suffocated to death. However, an autopsy found that the child had ingested the drug at a lethal level. Once hte autopsy results came in, Monroe eluded police for a month in Georgia and Alabama before being taken into custody by U.S. Marshals.

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"During the initial investigation, Monroe misled the Sandy Springs Police Department and the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office by attempting to make it appear that Kobe had suffocated," a release stated, according to 11 Alive.


According to WSB-TV, Monroe first stood trial in 2018, but it ended in a hung jury. However, in a second trial, the woman was convicted of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, cruelty to children and distribution of methamphetamine.

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“After two trials over six years, I’m proud that we were able to get justice for the murder of this precious child,” Willis said.

According to 11 Alive, Kobe was born with an underdeveloped brain and wasn't expected to live more than five years. With that knowledge, Kobe's parents, Hayden and Taylor Shaw, believed initially that he had died in the middle of the night.

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Instead, they found out there were other circumstances. The Shaws, who had been living with Monroe, were awoken by her as she told them that the child was turning blue. The family called 911, but the child wasn't able to be revived, 11 Alive reported.

According to court documents, Monroe poisoned the child with meth and "acted with malice and intent to harm the child."

After a long court process, prosecutors were able to get the conviction they were hoping for. "This conviction was the result of a close partnership between our office, the Sandy Springs Police Department, and the U.S. Marshals Service. After two trials over six years, I’m proud that we were able to get justice for the murder of this precious child," Willis said, according to 11 Alive.


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