Macon Police have charged the mother of a 5 1/2-month-old baby with murder.

According to Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones, Holly Hammonds, the mother of Taryn Hammonds, found the infant dead in her car shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday night in the parking lot of The Coliseum Medical Center.

Hammonds works at the Coliseum Medical Center and Jones says the baby was apparently left in the car pretty much the whole day.

Melanie Hofmann with the Macon Police Department says that the 20-year-old mother received a phone call from a friend who was supposed to pick up her daughter, Taryn, from daycare.

Hofmann says that's when Hammonds checked her car and saw the child.

Hofmann says Holly Hammonds is charged with murder and cruelty to children in the first degree.

Jones says an autopsy will be performed Friday, but his initial analysis is that 5 1/2-month-old Taryn died by suffocation due to the heat.

Hofmann says Hammonds will have her first appearance in court Friday afternoon.

The Macon Police Department is still investigating the death.

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