GBI and Snellville Police Department announce the arrest of a Grayson Man in the death of 8-month-old Girl

Press release and joint press conference from the Georgia Beureau of Investigation and Snellville Police Department

Snellville, GA (May 4, 2022) – The GBI and the Snellville Police Department announce the arrest of Davied Whatley, 20, of Grayson, Georgia in the death of his 8-month old daughter, Nova Grace Whatley-Trejo.  Whatley has been charged with 2nd degree murder.  Whatley was arrested with the assistance of the Gwinnett County Police Department SWAT, Snellville Police Department Criminal Investigative Division, and the Snellville Police Department uniform patrol.  Whatley will be booked into the Gwinnett County Jail.

The investigation shows that Whatley came to the Snellville Police Department around 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday to retrieve firearms that had been seized in a previous case.  Unknown to police, Whatley parked his car in the City Hall parking lot and left his 8-month old daughter in the car.  Whatley walked into the police department without his infant daughter and was taken into custody for a misdemeanor probation violation (hit and run – no insurance).  All interaction with police was captured on bodycam and in-car video until he arrived at the Gwinnett County Jail.  Review of bodycam & in-car video shows that Whatley made no comments about leaving Nova in the car.  Nova’s grandmother brought her to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.

This investigation is ongoing and will be given to the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Anyone with information about this case can submit tips by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

Watch the full news conference here:

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