JONESBORO — A woman is behind bars after being charged in the murder of her 17-year-old daughter.

Terri Marie Taylor, 48, was arrested on Wednesday, July 8 without incident, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said. She is charged with murder, cruelty to children in the second degree and cruelty to children and deprivation in the first degree.

In January, Clayton County police responded to a call about an unconscious juvenile at a home in Jonesboro.

According to a CCSO Nixle alert, police found the home to be “extremely disorderly with little food, infestation of insects and medications that were dirty and improperly stored.”

The teen was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. Clayton County police detectives were advised the girl had a “very high blood sugar level and had these severe deadly symptoms for over a day prior to her death.”

The girl’s sibling said she had been sick for at least three days and unable to speak. The child also said her sister did not eat or drink in that time.

The alert noted that further investigation revealed the teen had two prior hospitalizations since 2017 without a doctor follow up.

“The death was ruled a homicide due to the preceding circumstances and history of neglect between the mother and victim,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Taylor remains in the Clayton County jail.

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