Mother accused of abandoning her daughter in closet faces felony murder charges

A DeKalb County mother is facing felony murder and second-degree child cruelty charges after allegedly leaving her 7-year-old daughter in a closet, with no intention of returning. Alondra Hobbs, the suspect in her daughter’s death, is accused of rolling the child in a stroller into the apartment closet, where she was later found deceased. The shocking details of the case have left the family and community in disbelief.

According to criminal warrants, Alondra Hobbs is believed to have left her daughter, Alivia Hobbs-Jordan, in the closet sometime between February 28 and June 25. Prosecutors allege that Hobbs intentionally shut the child in the closet and left the apartment, showing no intention of coming back. The tragic discovery was made by a neighbor who noticed the open front door of the apartment and a foul odor emanating from inside. Upon investigation, the neighbor found the lifeless body of the young girl with her arm hanging out of the closet.

Alivia’s aunt, Latrice Robinson, expressed her devastation over her niece’s untimely death, stating that Alivia deserved to live longer. Robinson also raised questions about what truly happened, suggesting that someone else may have been involved and that Hobbs might have been too scared to come forward. The family is now left grappling with the unexpected loss and making arrangements for Alivia’s funeral.

Records indicate that Hobbs has had previous encounters with the law. In 2019, she was accused of threatening a man with a kitchen knife and, in 2020, of scratching her spouse’s neck and throwing a toolbox at him. It remains unclear if the men mentioned in the warrants were Alivia’s father. Hobbs is currently in the hospital and has yet to face a judge.

Alondra Matthews, Hobbs’ mother, expressed her desire for justice to be served. She also shared her disappointment in her daughter, stating that Alondra could have asked for help instead of resorting to such a tragic act. Meanwhile, loved ones are now mourning the tragic loss of Alivia and have started a fundraising campaign to cover the costs of her memorial service.