Cherokee County Sheriff's Office
On May 14th deputies with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office were dispatched 515 Northwoods drive near Ball Ground in reference to a welfare check. At the location, authorities located the deceased body of James Reece, 77 years old of Ball Ground. It appeared Reece had been deceased for several days. Investigators learned that the daughter of Mr. Reece, Andrea Blanton, 45 years old of Ball Ground, lived at the home with Reece and was his primary caregiver. It was determined that Blanton had been staying in the home with her father’s body and despite the advanced stages of decomposition, Blanton had failed to report the death.
Blanton was arrested on Tuesday afternoon and charged with Concealing a Death. She was released Tuesday night on an $11,200.00 bond. On Wednesday an autopsy of Reece’s body was performed at the GBI Crime Lab and revealed that Reece had died of strangulation. Ms. Blanton was taken into custody this morning and charged with Murder.
Blanton remains in custody at the Cherokee Adult Detention with no bond.