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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2013 4:30 pm | Updated: 5:06 pm, Mon Dec 23, 2013.

 A Floyd County Grand Jury has indicted David Zachary Gresham for the murder of 3-year-old Ella Camp. See Tuesday's Rome News-Tribune for the complete story.

Posted Sept. 27, 2013: Gresham is denied Bond

David Zachary Gresham asked no questions as he stood barefoot before a judge Thursday for his first appearance hearing on murder accusations.

Gresham, 20, was denied bond on the charges he faces in connection with the Sept. 17 death of 3-year-old Ella Camp. Formally charged Wednesday, Gresham also faces accusations of aggravated battery, first-degree child cruelty and reckless conduct.

Magistrate Bob Couey, conducting the hearing via teleconference, read the arrest warrants as Gresham stood in a Floyd County Jail courtroom. According to warrants, on Sept. 17 Gresham physically assaulted and maliciously harmed Camp and caused trauma to her head and body that led to her death.

Couey informed Gresham of his rights, which include the option of having a preliminary hearing. If Gresham opts for that hearing, a prosecutor would present evidence about the case before a judge. That judge would then determine if enough evidence exists to continue with the case.

“That right does come because your bond was denied,” Couey said.

Couey then asked Gresham if he had any questions. Leaning against a lectern, Gresham said he had none. Deputies then led him from the jail courtroom.

Gresham’s case has been bound over to Superior Court Judge Walter J. Matthews.

According to police reports, Gresham had been with Ella on Sept. 17. He took the girl and her family to Floyd Medical Center about 11:25 a.m. that day. Ella was unresponsive and had extreme head trauma.

Gresham then left the area and was not located at the time, reports state.

Ella was flown that day to Children’s at Scottish Rite Pediatric Hospital.

Gresham was arrested Sept. 18 on a probation warrant. Ella died the following day.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab performed an autopsy Sept. 21 and 22 on Ella. A specific cause and manner of death — why Ella died and under what circumstances — remains unknown, Floyd County Coroner Barry Henderson said.

Posted Sept. 25:

The 20-year-old boyfriend of a Floyd County woman has been charged with her 3-year-old daughter’s death, reports state.

David Zachary Gresham is charged with murder, aggravated battery, first-degree child cruelty and reckless conduct.

Ella Camp died last Thursday.

Arrested Sept. 18 on an unrelated probation violation, Gresham remained in the Floyd County Jail without bond Wednesday.

“This remains an ongoing investigation and no further information will be disseminated at this time,” Rome police said in a statement.

Arrest warrants state that on Sept. 17 Gresham physically assaulted and maliciously harmed the child and caused trauma to her head and body that led to her death.

According to police reports, Gresham had been with Ella on Sept. 17. He took the girl and her family to Floyd Medical Center about 11:25 a.m. that day. Ella was unresponsive and had extreme head trauma.

Gresham then left the area and was not located at the time, reports state.

Ella was flown that day to Children’s at Scottish Rite Pediatric Hospital.

Gresham was arrested Sept. 18 on the probation warrant. Ella died the following day.

An autopsy was performed Friday and Saturday on Ella at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab. A specific cause and manner of death — why Ella died and under what circumstances — remains unknown, Floyd County Coroner Barry Henderson said.

“At this time the GBI Crime Lab has not released the autopsy report,” police say in their statement.

Someone convicted of murder faces life in prison, either with or without the chance of parole.

Previously posted Sept. 24

The GBI crime lab autopsy of 3-year-old Ella Camp is complete, though no cause of death is yet known and the case remains under investigation.

Coroner Barry Henderson said Monday he has received no preliminary results from the autopsy by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Those results, once reached, will be sent to both Henderson and Rome police.

“The autopsy is complete, but the investigation is not,” Henderson said. 

Henderson added that the GBI’s crime lab probe into Ella’s death is pending toxicology, histology, medical records and the police investigation.

Toxicology is the study of poisons in the body. Histology is the study of microscopic cells and tissue.

The cause and manner of death — why Ella died and under what circumstances — also  remain unknown, Henderson added.

Police responded Sept. 17 to Floyd Medical Center about traumatic head injuries Ella had received. She was rushed to Children’s at Scottish Rite Pediatric Hospital, where she died Thursday.

David Zachary Gresham, listed in police reports as the “offender” in the child abuse case, was arrested last week on a probation violation. He remained Monday night in Floyd County Jail without bond.

Gresham, 20, faces no charges in connection with Ella’s death. Police have listed no suspects.

A funeral service for Ella was Monday, which was followed by her burial.

The Garden Lakes Pee Wee football team will have a moment of silence for Ella 

during its halftime tonight. Cheerleaders will stand in formation to spell Ella’s name, and then release purple balloons, said Dale Hulsey, a friend of Ella’s family.

A banner signed by the cheerleaders will be presented to the family, Hulsey added.

The game starts at 7 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 100 Gadson St.

Previously reported Sept. 21:

Rome police reports list David Zachary Gresham, the boyfriend of Ella Camp’s mother, as the “offender” in the child abuse case involving the 3-year-old.

Authorities arrested Gresham, 20, Wednesday on an unrelated probation violation. Ella died Thursday. Gresham remained Friday in the Floyd County Jail without bond, reports state. 

Rome Police Chief Elaine Snow and Lt. Gary Clayton declined to name any suspects in the case. No one faces charges in connection with Ella’s death. 

The case remains under investigation. 

“We’ve got a few more people to talk to in our investigation,” Clayton said.

According to reports, Gresham had been with Ella on Tuesday. He took the girl and her mother to Floyd Medical Center about 11:25 a.m. that day. Ella was unresponsive and had extreme head trauma.

Gresham then left the area and was not located at the time, reports state.

Ella was flown that day to Children’s at Scottish Rite Pediatric Hospital, where she died Thursday. 

An autopsy was performed Friday on Ella at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab. A specific cause and manner of death might not be known for several days, Floyd County Coroner Barry Henderson said.

Henderson, of Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, will handle the funeral arrangements. 

Ella’s funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at DeSoto Park Baptist Church, 1107 Cave Spring Road. Interment will be at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

Supporters of Ella and her family gathered Wednesday at two separate prayer vigils. T-shirts were sold for $10, with the proceeds given to the family.

Supporters almost sold out the initial run of T-shirts, leading to a new design, said Tracy Swann, who helped create the Facebook page “Prayers for Ella.”

Swann will be at the West Rome McDonald’s from 8 to 10 a.m. today to take T-shirt orders and money. A car wash will occur at the site from 8 a.m. to noon. Donations will be accepted.

People also can visit the East Rome McDonald’s, 1504 Turner McCall Blvd., from 2 to 3 p.m. today to place their orders.

Previously posted Sept. 20, 11:55 a.m.

An autopsy is scheduled today for the 3-year-old Rome girl who died Thursday after being rushed to Children’s at Scottish Rite Pediatric Hospital with traumatic head injuries, officials said. 

Ella Camp will be sent today to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab for an autopsy.

Preliminary results could be revealed today, said Floyd County Coroner Barry Henderson. 

A specific cause and manner of death might not be known for several days, he added.

Rome police responded about noon Tuesday to Floyd Medical Center in reference to traumatic head injuries Ella had received. She was soon rushed to the Atlanta hospital, where she died Thursday.

Henderson, of Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, will handle the funeral arrangements.No time and date had been set as of 11 a.m. today.

Supporters of 3-year-old Ella Camp will continue today and Saturday to take orders and money for T-shirts.

Tracy Swann will be at the West Rome McDonald’s, 2215 Shorter Ave., from 6-7 p.m. today. She’s taking orders and money for a newly designed $10 T-shirt for Ella.

Swann will return from 8-10 a.m. Saturday to the West Rome McDonald’s to take more orders and money. A car wash will occur at the site from 8 a.m. to noon. Donations will be accepted.

People also can visit the East Rome McDonald’s, 1504 Turner McCall Blvd., from 2-3 p.m. Saturday to place their orders.

Summerville residents can visit their Regions Bank, 69 East Washington St., between noon and 5 p.m. today to place orders with Murthi Aszman.

Previously posted Sept. 20

Rome police say the Thursday death of 3-year-old Ella Camp is not an accident, and their investigation is ongoing.

No charges have been filed in connection with Ella’s death. She was pronounced dead at 10:55 a.m. Thursday at Children’s at Scottish Rite Pediatric Hospital, officials said.

“This was not an accidental death, that we feel,” said Rome Police Lt. Gary Clayton. 

Police responded about noon Tuesday to Floyd Medical Center about traumatic head injuries Ella had received. She was rushed shortly afterward to the Atlanta hospital, where she died Thursday.

“We’re just praying a different prayer now,” said Tracy Swann, a friend of the family. “The prayer’s just changed. Just keep this family in your prayers.”

Swann, along with Ella’s grandmother, created the Facebook page “Prayers for Ella,” which has more than 10,000 “likes.” Swann also helped sell T-shirts at two Wednesday vigils for Ella, with the proceeds going to the girl’s family.

Swann distributed T-shirts Thursday afternoon at the West Rome McDonald’s. She’s not taking more orders.

“It’s been an overwhelming response,” she said of supporters.

About 100 people gathered Wednesday at DeSoto Park Baptist Church for a prayer vigil. Pastor Scott Lambert asked everyone to join hands and form a circle. Each person had the chance to offer a prayer.

“We’re just all family,” Lambert said Wednesday. “We’re going to pray for Ella and ask for a miracle.”

The death is under investigation by the Floyd County Coroner’s Office and Rome police, Deputy Coroner Ernie Studdard said.

“We’ve got the best people working it, and we will find out who did it,” Clayton said. 

Previously posted Sept. 18

The pastor of Ella Camp’s church blinked back tears Wednesday when he glanced at the pew the 3-year-old frequented on Sundays.

“You need to know what to pray for,” Scott Lambert told those gathered at DeSoto Park Baptist Church for Ella’s prayer vigil.

Ella was rushed Tuesday to Children’s at Scottish Rite with traumatic head injuries; Rome police have said her brain is unresponsive. Medicine and life support machines keep her alive, Lambert said.

Doctors will perform one more test today. If Ella remains unresponsive, they’ll pronounce her brain-dead, Lambert added.

“Ella always sat right here in front of us,” said Gina Carter, sitting on the second row of pews. “She colored and ate her gummy bears.”

Ella would borrow Gary Carter’s pen because it had different colors. 

“She’s a precious little girl,” Gary Carter said.

Both Carters joined a circle made of the some 100 people gathered in the sanctuary of the church for the vigil. Their hands linked, attendees took turns praying for Ella.

“She’s just a very joyful little child,” said Tracy Swann, a longtime friend of Ella’s grandmother. “She’s very close to her parents and grandparents.”

Swann helped create the Facebook page “Prayers for Ella,” which had more than 7,000 “likes” late Wednesday.

“It’s hard,” Swann said. “They have had a light in their family. That child has brought that family a lot. She has been a blessing.”

Organizers sold shirts for $10 at two vigils held Wednesday and candles for $1. Ella’s family will receive all the money. 

“God’s got her wrapped in his loving arms tonight,” Lambert said.

Those interested in buying a shirt can email bsbrowell@comcast.net or visit the Facebook pages of “Prayers for Ella,” “Shanda Rowell” or “Tracy Swann.” 

Rome police responded about noon Tuesday to Floyd Medical Center in connection with Ella’s head injuries. The girl was Life Flighted that day to Children’s at Scottish Rite.

Police are investigating, Lt. Gary Clayton said.

Previously posted

Rome police say they’re investigating the circumstances that sent a 3-year-old child to an Atlanta hospital Tuesday with traumatic head injuries. Officers responded about noon to Floyd Medical Center in connection with the head injuries. The child was flown by helicopter to Children’s at Scottish Rite pediatric hospital, Lt. Gary Clayton said. “The investigation is continuing,” said Clayton, who declined to answer further questions Tuesday.

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