Georgia Beauty Queen Beat Boyfriend’s Toddler Son to Death, Rendered Brain Useless, Alleges Indictment

A Georgia beauty queen is facing multiple murder charges after a grand jury indicted her in the death of her boyfriend’s toddler son.

Trinity Poague, 18, is charged with malice murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated battery and a single count of cruelty to children in the first degree, according to the indictment.

That indictment alleges that Poague “did unlawfully, with malice afterthought, cause the death of Romeo Angeles, a human being, by inflicting blunt force trauma tp the head and torso of his body.”

The deceased, 18-month-old Romeo Angeles, was the son of Poague’s boyfriend at the time.

The indictment says that this beating allegedly rendered Romeo’s brain “useless” and caused “serious disfigurement to his liver.”

Poague was initially arrested on similar charges of aggravated battery, felony murder, and cruelty to children in the first-degree according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

The toddler suffered his fatal injuries in a Georgia Southwestern State University dorm room, where Poague is a freshman. It was the boy’s father who rushed the child to the hospital. He has not been charged with any crimes related to the death of his son.

“The investigation indicates an unresponsive 18-month-old boy was admitted to the emergency room at Phoebe Sumter Hospital in Americus, Georgia,” said the GBI at the time. “Hospital personnel performed lifesaving measures on the child; however, he later died.”

The GBI began investigating the incident after being contacted by the Georgia Southwestern State University Police Department following the toddler’s death.

Poague was initially arrested following an investigation that included multiple interviews and an examination of evidence, said the GBI. She managed to post bail a few days later and was released from the  Sumter County Jail. She remains free on bail.

In 2023, Poague earned the title of Miss Donalsonville, a small town approximately 250 miles south of Atlanta and near the state’s borders with both Florida and Alabama. Poague was stripped of that title after being released from jail back in March.

A lawyer for Poague did not respond to a request for comment.

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