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Jury selection set to begin for mom charged with malice murder after toddler found dead in river

Firefighters discovered Faheem Cooper's body when they were conducting a water training exercise in the summer of 2021, Cobb Police said.

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Editor's note: The video above is from a previous report. 

A trial is gearing up for a mother facing a malice murder charge after her toddler's lifeless body was found in the Chattahoochee River in 2021.

Breyanla Cooper, of Stone Mountain, is also accused of felony murder, aggravated assault and concealing the death of another.

An indictment against Cooper alleged she killed her son, Faheem Cooper, by asphyxiation. The indictment goes on to say she tried to hide his death by placing his body in the river. 

On July 1 of that year, authorities said Faheem was found in the river while firefighters were completing a water training exercise. At the time, authorities said they estimated the toddler might have been there for a few days. Cooper was arrested the next day in connection with his death. 

Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

During the investigation, Cobb County Police also released a sketch of the toddler, drawn by a Georgia Bureau of Investigation artist when they were initially working to identify him.

Now, a few months shy of the two-year mark from when crews found Faheem's body, his mother's trial is set to begin. Court officials tell 11Alive jury selection will start Monday for the case. 


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