ACWORTH, GA — The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office has released the autopsy results for a mother and her baby who were found dead inside their home in the Acworth area. Holly Whitley and her infant boy, Alex Fuentes, were found dead July 17 inside the home in the 2900 block of Cedar Mill Crossing, which is located off Kellogg Creek Road in southwest Cherokee County.

The manner of death for the pair has been ruled accidental, said Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jay Baker. Whitley, he added, died from methamphetamine toxicity while the cause of death for Alex was mechanical asphyxia. In other words, Whitley suffered a lethal overdose and “her body came to rest on top of her infant, which caused the child to smother, leading to his death,” Baker said.

Deputies discovered Whitley, 31, dead on a sofa inside the home. Underneath Whitley was baby Alex, who was 8 months old at the time of his death. Also inside the home was a 2-year-old girl who was unharmed.

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There were no obvious signs of injuries to Whitley or her baby, so an autopsy was conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab.

A GoFundMe account was created to help pay for the funeral expenses for Whitley and Alex, a campaign that raised a little more than $4,100 for the family. Whitley and little Alex are survived by her fiancé and father, Mario Fuentes; daughter and sister, Ava Alana Fuentes; parents and grandparents, Donald and Beverly Whitley; and several cousins and many friends. You can consider making a contribution by clicking here.

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