At first, authorities said it was bad enough.
Cherokee County deputies were called to a house in the 500 block of Northridge Rd. near Ball Ground Tuesday to check on the welfare of 77-year old James Reece. He’d been in failing health and was being cared for by his 45-year old daughter, Andrea Blanton.
“The father was dead,” said Lt. Jay Baker. “Ms. Blanton apparently had been living in the home for several days with Mr. Reese after he passed.”
Blanton was arrested on charges of concealing a death and freed on an $11,200 bond. But Thursday, results from a GBI autopsy showed Reece had been strangled to death.
“Investigators relocated Ms. Blanton. She is now charged with murder,” Baker said.
Blanton is now being held in the Cherokee County Jail without bond.