OCALA, Fla. – A wanted Georgia woman who prompted an Amber Alert in central Florida chose not to waive her rights to extradition during her first appearance Thursday.
Marion County deputies received a call Wednesday evening from the Albany Police Department in Albany, Georgia about Clarion Garrison, 28, who was possibly heading to the Ocala area, where her family lives.
Deputies said Garrison was traveling with three of her children, ages 4, 6 and 7, in a 2003 Kia Optima with a Georgia license plate. A fourth child was found dead in Albany, officials said. Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said the 2-year-old girl found at Garrison's Albany home had been dead for at least two days before her body was found. Investigators said the girl was Garrison's daughter.
Deputies found the Kia on Wednesday night near Garrison's family's home in the 3200 block of Northeast 47th Terrace in Ocala, the Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies discovered three missing children and two of Garrison's family members inside the car, but Garrison was not there, deputies said.
"The family says she came and they had dropped her off at the Marion County Jail so she could turn herself in, says she got cold feet and then walked back to the house," Lauren Lettelier with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
According to Georgia officials, the autopsy on her daughter was expected to be done today. More charges could come later as their investigation plays out.
Deputies said the Department of Children and Families took custody of Garrison's children.
The children were unharmed and in good health.