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Autopsy: Multiple Gunshot Wounds Killed 12-Year-Old

The Houston County Sheriff's Office released autopsy results Friday in the death of 12-year-old India Collins. 

Ruled a homicide, according to a press release, her death was caused by multiple gunshot wounds from a .40 caliber handgun between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday evening. 

Authorities say Carmen Kaneisha Collins, 17, obtained a .40 caliber handgun and shot India Collins, her sister, multiple times. 

They say Carmen Collins then set fire to the house with gasoline and fled the scene in the family's white 2011 Acura TL with the family's white poodle.

Houston County firefighters located the victim inside and determined the fire was a possible arson case. 

On July 5, 2012, at 5 p.m., several hours after Carmen had been arrested in Columbus, investigators located the suspected murder weapon. 

Investigators say that the motive for the murder is still unclear.

More on this story as it develops. 

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Ben Jones Explains Differences in Summer T-Storms

13WMAZ's Chief Meteorologist Ben Jones takes a look at the differences in the types of thunder storms typically seen during the summer months.

Watch his explanation in the video player above.

UPDATE: Sister of 12-Year-Old Homicide Victim Arrested in Columbus

Carmen Kaneisha "Neisha" Collins, 17, was arrested in Columbus around 2 a.m. Thursday morning, and then charged with murder and arson in the Kathleen house fire where her 12-year-old sister, India, was found dead.

Lt. John Holland of the Houston County Sheriff's Office told WMAZ's Brittiny Barber that tips led investigators to Columbus where Collins was found in the white 2011 Acura that had been reported missing after the fire.

Tuesday evening, Houston County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to assist the Houston County Fire Department with a house fire on Addington Drive in Kathleen.

Firefighters on the scene had located the body of 12-year-old India J. Collins in the house. She was transported by ambulance to the Perry Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Investigators then began looking for Carmen Collins.

UPDATE: Sister of 12-Year-Old Kathleen Fire Victim In Custody

UPDATE: Carmen Collins, the sister of 12-year-old homicide victim India Collins, is in custody.

According to the Houston Co. Jail's website, Carmen Collins is booked on murder and arson charges.

The site said Carmen Collins was booked at 2:30 a.m. on Thursday July 5, a day after Houston Co. Sheriffs began searching for the 17-year-old.

The Houston County Sheriff's Office has identified the 12-year-old victim of the Kathleen house fire as India J. Collins, according to a press release. 

The Sheriff's Office is treating the death and fire as a homicide and arson. According to Houston Co. District Attorney George Hartwig, the autopsy for India Collins is scheduled for Thursday morning at the GBI lab in Atlanta.

Capt. Robert Clark with the Houston County Sheriff's Office has called her a person of interest.

Clark confirmed a car and a gun from the home was missing.

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Job Openings in Warner Robins

Job Openings in Warner Robins

Call the Department of Labor Career Center at (478) 751-6164 and give them the job number of the position that interests you. 

You can see more jobs available in Central Georgia on 13WMAZ's Job Market Thursday page.



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    Job Number:GA8035570
    Twelve (12) months experience managing a medical office; high school diploma or GED.


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UPDATED: 12-Year-Old Dead after Kathleen House Fire

Authorities in Houston County are investigating the death of a 12-year-old girl in Kathleen.

In a press release Wednesday afternoon, deputies identified the victim as India J. Collins and announced they are looking for her 17-year-old sister, Carmen Collins.

Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin says India was found inside a home that caught fire Tuesday night.

While they await autopsy results, deputies are treating this case as an arson and a homicide.

WMAZ's Brittiny Barber was on the scene Wednesday morning and spoke with neighbor Kenneth Anderson, whose wife called 911.

"I'm shocked. I just can't believe it," said Anderson.

Anderson said he tried to rescue the little girl he'd grown accustomed to seeing at play in her yard.

Independence Day Celebration Parking, Road Closures

Independence Day Celebration Parking, Road Closures

The Warner Robins Police Department announces road closures for the Independence Day Celebration on Monday, July 2nd. Gates open at 6 p.m. The Main Gate at the stadium and  the Demon Valley/Davis Dr. Gate.

Road Closures: 

  • At noon: 3rd Avenue from Davis Dr. to Martin Luther King Jr Dr. will be closed to all vehicles.
  • Pedestrians will be allowed to walk on the roadway to the Demon Valley Gate ONLY.
  • At 4 p.m. Demon Valley Dr. will be closed. No vehicles allowed through, not even for parking.
  • 6 p.m. MLK Jr. Blvd from 3rd Avenue to Huntington Village entrance will be closed to southbound traffic.

Parking for the event is at:

1. McConnell-Talbert Stadium
2. Warner Robins High School
3. Rumble Academy
4. Linwood Dr. area
5. Sacred Heart Church
6. Robins Federal Credit Union
7. City of Warner Robins Municipal Complex.