29-year-old Kristie Flood had been a friend of Kristin Fridley Gnatt for five years and is described by others as a loving mother that "would never hurt a child."
That all seemed to changed on Wednesday, December 9 though, when a call came into the Sandy Springs emergency line asking for medical assistance at an apartment on Monterey Parkway where Flood was watching 2-year-old Fallon Fridley.
She told the emergency personnel that the girl had hit her head on a slide at the park and was unresponsive. Gnatt told WSB-TV that she too had received a phone call from a hysterically crying Flood giving the same story.
Fallon was transported to the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta where she was pronounced dead.
When medical staff determined that her injuries were inconsistent with the account they had been told, an autopsy was ordered.
The results of that autopsy revealed that Fallon had "suffered severe injuries that resulted in her death during her care by the suspect," Sandy Springs police stated in a release issued on Tuesday, December 15. Fallon had suffered a skull fracture and lacerations to her liver, spleen and colon.
Armed with this information, investigators obtained a search warrant for Flood's cell phone.
According to the affidavit filed for Flood's arrest, investigators found a search history which included "what type of people enjoy abusing other people's children" and "what does it mean to have a sudden urge to beat a child that's not yours."
"It's like she snapped," Gantt told WSB-TV during an interview. "It's like this evil was in front of my face for years and I never saw it." Flood had been caring for Fallon since August and according to Gantt, treated her as one of her own children.
Flood was arrested on December 11 and charged with two counts of felony murder and one count each of malice murder, aggravated battery, and cruelty to children in the first degree. She was taken to the Fulton County Jail where she is reportedly being held without bond and has a hearing scheduled for later this month.
Flood has had previous brushes with the law, most recently in October 2013 when her probation was revoked for a drug charge which resulted in her spending 15 days in jail before once again being released on probation.
A GoFundMe account has been established by Gantt's co-workers in order to help with funeral costs and medical expenses.
Officers with the Sandy Springs Police Department ask that anyone with information about this investigation contact Detective Delaney via e-mail at WDelaney@SandySpringsGA.Gov or by calling (770) 551-3313.