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Baby killed in DeKalb County home invasion

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A 9-month-old baby is dead and three women were injured after a home invasion near Stone Mountain.

DeKalb County police said masked men broke into a home on the 1100 block of To Lani Farm Road just before 11 p.m. Saturday. Police said three women who were inside at the time grabbed a 9-month-old baby and ran into an upstairs bathroom to hide.

The home invaders found them, police said. The men broke down the bathroom door and started shooting. The baby, identified as Kendarius Edwards, was killed and the women are in critical condition, but are expected to live.

Police believe the home was ambushed in retaliation for the killing of a woman found dead on Agape Way in Decatur on Saturday. Authorities identified her as Alexis Malone, 19. Investigators believe Malone witnessed the murder of Michael Phillips, 29, at a party on May 3.

According to DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander, three men are responsible for the murders of Phillips and Malone. Police identified the suspects as Curtez Johnson, 16, Kemontae Cullins, 18, and Oslushia Smith, 19. Cullins is in custody, police said.

Police believe Johnson, Cullins and Smith sought and killed Malone after killing Phillips.

Officers said a group of people connected to Malone retaliated by ambushing the home of the three women, killing Kendarius. will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest updates.

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