Father sent to jail after pushing child to fight
DECATUR — A man who was recorded encouraging his 12-year-old daughter to fight a 14-year-old girl in a video that was uploaded to YouTube has been sentenced to 24 months in jail.
Timothy Taylor, 45, pleaded guilty Monday to simple battery, reckless conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, said Terri Clark, the spokeswoman for the DeKalb County solicitor.
Taylor must serve 60 days of his sentence in jail, participate in 200 hours of community service and attend parenting classes.
Authorities say Taylor drove his daughter to a Clarkston bus stop to have her fight a Tucker Middle School classmate. He was recorded encouraging his daughter to fight and telling other students not to intervene.
The girl’s mother was also present for the fight, but charges against her were dropped.
Man who impregnated 13-year-old sentenced
MARIETTA — A man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday for impregnating a 13-year-old girl.
Cesar Solis, 43, was living with the victim’s family in 2012 when the two had sex before she went to school, district attorney spokeswoman Kim Isaza said.
During the trial in Cobb County Superior Court, Solis’ attorney said the two were having a relationship and that Solis didn’t force the teen to have sex with him.
Authorities make arrest in boy’s beating death
ACWORTH — Paulding County sheriff’s officials say a man accused of beating a 12-year-old boy to death has been charged with child cruelty.
Cpl. Ashley Henson said police were sent to a house in Acworth on Friday for a call about a reported drowning. Henson said a 12-year-old boy was found unconscious and later pronounced dead at a hospital. She said the cause of death is unclear.
Authorities say the boy suffered multiple bruises, bite marks, cuts and other injuries consistent with abuse.
Investigators arrested 32-year-old Shayaa Yusef Forbes. A girl who also lived with Forbes has been taken into custody by the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, Henson said.
Felony No. 8 will keep man behind bars for life
MARIETTA — Cobb County prosecutors say a 32-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after being convicted for his eighth felony.
Authorities say Nkoma Morgan assaulted and robbed a tree service employee at the company’s office in April 2011.
He was found guilty last week of armed robbery, aggravated battery, burglary, drug offenses and weapons charges.
Morgan is already serving a 10-year sentence for drug charges in Douglas County.
Slaying suspect freed by mistake is recaptured
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man sought in a Georgia killing has been caught in Albuquerque months after he was accidentally released from a jail in a nearby New Mexico county.
Police say narcotics detectives executing a search warrant at a home Monday found 52-year-old Robert Sandman.
Sandman was taken into custody in Algodones in April but later was released from the Sandoval County jail after miscommunication between authorities in Georgia and New Mexico.
Sandman was named on a Georgia warrant in the March killing of a neighbor, 57-year-old Donald Singer, in Duluth, Ga.
When arrested in the parking lot of a New Mexico casino in April, Sandman allegedly was in possession of Singer’s 1988 Porsche.