3-year-old Georgia girl dies after stepfather brutally beats and rapes her, mother charged for doing nothing about abuse
A Georgia man has been arrested after he allegedly committed heinous crimes against a toddler, including raping her and beating her.
According to a press release by the Albany Police Department, Georgia, the department's Family Protection Unit (FPU) has taken warrants against 20-year-old Gregory Parker in connection to the brutal sexual assaults and attacks on three-year-old step-daughter Janiyah Armanie Brooks. They have also taken warrants against the child's mother, 19-year-old Crystal Brooks.
Deputies from the department were first called to the home of the three-year-old by Parker on Monday, May 13, at around 7.30 am regarding an unknown problem. On arrival, he told them his step-daughter was unresponsive.
Janiyah was rushed to the hospital by Emergency Medical Services, and it was found that she had suffered injuries to her vaginal area, ribs, along with swollen hands and unknown trauma to her head. She appeared to have older wounds as well.
A subsequent investigation by the FPU and the Department of Family and Children Services found that the young girl had been severely beaten and sexually assaulted on multiple occasions and Parker was immediately arrested.
The press release stated that Parker is facing charges of aggravated child molestation, rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated battery, battery, and cruelty to children in the first degree in connection to the incident.
After questioning Brooks, detectives discovered that Brooks not only knew about her daughter's harsh treatment but was also present when the assaults and beatings took place.
She is being charged with party to a crime on charges of aggravated battery, battery, cruelty to children in the first degree, and giving false statement to authorities initially.
Janiyah survived on a ventilator at an Atlanta hospital for the past week but succumbed to her injuries on Saturday, May 18. The Albany Police Department confirmed the death as well, posting a picture of her with the caption, "Three-year-old Janiyah Armanie Brooks, gone but not forgotten."
A GoFundMe page has been set up by a woman claiming to be her aunt from her biological father's side to raise money that would go towards covering the costs of her funeral. The page has raised $3,199 of a possible $5,000 goal.
"Our precious 3yr old Janiyah Armanie gained her wings at 12.15 pm on May 18th," the aunt wrote. "Lord knows we didn't want to give up as we were maintaining hope to the best of our ability. Please continue to pray for her father and our family as we now have to plan a funeral."
The police have said the case is still an active one and remains under investigation.
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