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Utah mother, wanted for murder of 13-day-old son, arrested in Georgia

Maria Sullivan (Photo:{ }Cherokee County Sheriff's Office)

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - A Utah woman wanted in connection with the beating death of her 13-day-old baby boy was arrested Sunday in Georgia.

Maria Sullivan has family in Georgia and police had previously stated she might be in the area. Georgia police spokeswoman Sgt. Marianne Kelley said the Utah woman was in a hospital and officials there learned she had an outstanding warrant for her arrest and contacted police. As she was discharged from the hospital Sunday, she was arrested and was in the process of being booked into jail Sunday afternoon, when Kelley spoke with KUTV.

She is wanted in Utah for the first-degree murder charges in the death of her child.

Kelley said she didn't know how hospital officials learned Sullivan was wanted, or how police were notified but thought she might have disclosed something to hospital staff. Cherokee County Sheriff's Office was called about Sullivan around 2:15 p.m. Sunday. A part-time deputy works at the hospital and he contacted on-duty officers.

Police previously arrested Sullivan's boyfriend, Dylan Kitzmiller, and issued a warrant for the mother's arrest.

According to police, the child suffered broken ribs, bruising, and blood on the brain.

The two were living together in the basement of Kitzmiller's mother's house when the police were called Sept. 17. Sullivan told police Kitzmiller had been abusing the child and using heroin daily. Both Sullivan and Kitzmiller are charged with murder and child abuse.

2News will update this story as more information becomes available.

West Jordan Police said 26-year-old Maria Sullivan’s 13-day-old baby was beaten to death in September. They arrested her boyfriend, 21-year-old Dylan Kitzmiller, Saturday.

The two will face charges of first-degree felony murder in addition to three counts of child abuse.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said there was evidence Kitzmiller abused the baby boy.

"There were statements that the child was being handled roughly by the arm and shoulder. That Kitzmiller would throw the baby up in the air, catch him in the air," Gill said. "The girlfriend indicated there was a level of abuse going on. She was aware of this abuse. She took no steps to stop this or to take the child to safety."

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