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Mother found not guilty of child abuse

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A Richmond County Superior Court jury acquitted a mother of child abuse charges Thursday after several hours of deliberations.



Sara E. Harrill, 27, was found not guilty of three counts of cruelty to children at the conclusion of her four-day trial.

"There just wasn't any evidence against her," said defense attorney Pete Theodocion.

On March 19, 2007, Ms. Harrill rushed into then-St. Joseph Hospital with 7-month-old Parker Harrill in her arms, witnesses testified. The baby had a seizure of some kind, she told the hospital staff.

Later at the Medical College of Georgia Children's Hospital, Parker was found to have suffered severe brain damage and broken bones in both legs and his right arm. Neither Ms. Harrill nor her live-in boyfriend, James D. Jackson, 27, had an explanation for the baby's injuries.

Doctors testified this week that Parker's injuries were no accident. The brain damage occurred when Parker was either choked or suffocated, they said.

Mr. Theodocion said doctors estimated the brain injury occurred six to 12 hours before Ms. Harrill took Parker to the emergency room. Ms. Harrill was at work for most of that time frame, Mr. Theodocion said.

Her boyfriend testified for the prosecution this week. Mr. Jackson pleaded guilty on Oct. 27 in Richmond County Superior Court to two counts of cruelty to children in the second degree. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Assistant District Attorney Anthony Nicastro said Mr. Jackson admitted to negligent conduct.

Mr. Jackson testified that he took care of Parker while Ms. Harrill worked. He denied harming Parker. He said he never saw Ms. Harrill abuse Parker.

Parker, 3, is in foster care. He is unable to walk or communicate. He can eat a little on his own, but doctors doubt if he will ever be free of a feeding tube.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com

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justus4
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justus4 11/06/09 - 04:24 am
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Here is the problem: The
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Here is the problem: The so-called justice system actually believed what the mother said, but used the convicted boyfriend's statement of "never saw Ms. Harrill abuse..." to effect her acquittal. So the jury BELIEVED the boyfriend when he says he never saw the mother abuse the child, but DID NOT BELIEVE him when he said he didn't harm the child. U see how the jury can believe whatever it choses, but guess who usually gets the benefit of such obvious inconsistencies? Yep, U know who.

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CABoatright 11/06/09 - 06:48 am
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I'll wait in line---baseball
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I'll wait in line---baseball bat and mace in hand for both of 'em.

tired of the crap
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tired of the crap 11/06/09 - 07:21 am
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hey justas you be talking

hey justas you be talking abou yo bro here.

tired of the crap
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tired of the crap 11/06/09 - 07:25 am
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i say hang them both or

i say hang them both or better yet do them the same way they did the poor little baby.

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cricketflea 11/06/09 - 08:36 am
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I say skin 'em like a catfish

I say skin 'em like a catfish and let the bees and ants have what's left!!

poolmom
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poolmom 11/06/09 - 09:43 am
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No justice for that poor

No justice for that poor baby!

corgimom
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corgimom 11/06/09 - 10:01 am
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Or maybe he was found guilty

Or maybe he was found guilty because he was. It's hard to injure a baby when you're at work, you know?

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corgimom 11/06/09 - 11:23 am
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Justnuts. He was the one with

Justnuts. He was the one with the child. The mother was at work. Who injured the child, aliens? Here's a clue, justnuts- the man LIED. He did not have to confess. U know who the Constitution protects. That would be all of us. Fifth Amendment.

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change display name 11/06/09 - 12:36 pm
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Justus, you are a racist

Justus, you are a racist moron.

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divotdawg 11/07/09 - 04:28 pm
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Now that she has been found

Now that she has been found not guilty of child abuse, is CPS or whatever name they go by there gonna give her back her child? Somehow I seriously doubt it. That's just sooooo wrong but CPS does what it wants to do and it has nothing to do with what's right or wrong. They just want the money, that's all. CPS does not protect our children from abuse, they cause it. They put them in unsafe foster homes and then do nothing about it when they're reported. Until CPS is torn down and rebuilt, the corruption is only going to get worse. If you think it can't happen to you because you don't abuse or neglect your children, think again cos you're living in a dream world.

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