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Man charged in connection with assault of driver in fatal car accident

Thursday, June 24, 2010 9:40 PM
Last updated Thursday, July 1, 2010 7:45 PM
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A man accused of badly beating a woman who was the driver of a car that struck and killed his child was arrested Thursday on a charge of aggravated battery.

The victim, Tuowana Staten, was driving home on Boykin Road on June 6 when the 2-year-old boy, James Wright IV, chased a football into the street outside his home, investigators say.

Staten swerved but struck the boy, who died three days later in the intensive care ward at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Staten was not charged in connection with the death.

The boy's father, James Wright III, rushed to the driver's side door after the accident and pulled Staten out of the car, saying that she had killed his child and that he was going to kill her, according to the report.

Wright punched Staten in the face and kicked her as she lay in the roadway, a report states. Staten told deputies the beating continued until family members pulled Wright away.

Staten was taken to the hospital where a deputy observed her injuries included cuts to the face, broken fingernails, loose teeth and scrapes on her ankle.

Jail records show Wright, 26, of the 2400 block of Boykin Road, was arrested Thursday on a charge of aggravated battery.

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disssman
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disssman 06/24/10 - 09:50 pm
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Good. Why wasn't the

Good. Why wasn't the concerned parent closely watching a two year old?

curly123053
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curly123053 06/24/10 - 10:02 pm
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This is a sad case. I feel

This is a sad case. I feel sorry for all involved and pray for them. This man's emotional state went out of control on seeing his child get hurt. I pray he has learned a lesson here and I hope the driver of that car can find peace too.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 06/24/10 - 10:17 pm
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It sure took long enough.

It sure took long enough.

veggie-d
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veggie-d 06/24/10 - 10:50 pm
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wonder if a dfcs

wonder if a dfcs investigation was done to determine what this kid was doing in the middle of a relatively busy street?

if the driver was NOT charged...SOMEBODY over the age of 2 MUST be held accountable! sounds AT LEAST like a case of child endangerment on behalf of the parent(s)...

seems like the WRONG person got the BEAT DOWN!

80proof
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80proof 06/24/10 - 10:52 pm
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Yes!

Yes!

KSL
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KSL 06/25/10 - 12:19 am
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Finally have something to

Finally have something to agree with you about, veggie.

KSL
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KSL 06/25/10 - 12:22 am
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Curley, while he was beating

Curley, while he was beating up on the driver should he not have been attending to the child? I can only go by the news reports of his actions and according to them, his priorities were a bit off.

Plant manager
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Plant manager 06/25/10 - 01:43 am
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I live on Boykin road and

I live on Boykin road and hate to speak negative about anyone during such a tragic loss,however his beating this lady is not his only incident.I would only hope that they look into his past and see,He had a pitbull run loose about 2-3 yrs ago,and the dog ran in front of a woman and her children in a SUV and got hit ,well this same man (James Wright)got in his car and caught up to the lady and blocked her way,got out his car and ful cocked close fist punched this lady in her face as she lowered her window down,so any one trying to feel sorry for this guy,dont.

mable8
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mable8 06/25/10 - 02:43 am
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Easy to say awful things

Easy to say awful things about a situation such as this until it happens to you--no, the lady should not have been attacked, but the parent was upset as well. Let's see how you react when, Heaven forbid, this occurs in your own family. The lack of compassion is appalling.

savoy_savoy
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savoy_savoy 06/25/10 - 04:05 am
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I have compassion and I have

I have compassion and I have my personal opinion, like most. I agree that he should be charged. I haven't read any awful things posted on here, just people stating opinions. Clearly, this toddler should not have been near the road at 9PM, but ALL things happen for a reason. And I hate it for the children of the driver, having to see their mother get beat up...now that's sad too. Hopefully, the father can get some help with his anger issues before tragedy strikes again--especially if plant mgr post is correct...and I have to add, I'm inclined to believe it.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 06/25/10 - 04:40 am
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Plant manager...if what you

Plant manager...if what you say is true, then this man is nothing but a punk who prefers to hit defenseless women...women who aren't expecting a punch to the face. Glad they caught him...he'll probably get off on his "emotional" excuse, though. So sorry that this happened in the midst of the poor child's accidental death.

nofrills
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nofrills 06/25/10 - 06:14 am
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He should be charged for not

He should be charged for not watching his child!

Suzy Q
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Suzy Q 06/25/10 - 06:20 am
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I agree with KSL. My first

I agree with KSL. My first concern would have been getting help for my child, not trying to beat up the driver!
Tragic accident aside, there seems to be something wrong with this man.

timerunningout
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timerunningout 06/25/10 - 06:47 am
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Good deal!!!!

Good deal!!!!

kissofdeath
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kissofdeath 06/25/10 - 06:59 am
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Why did it take this

Why did it take this long?James Wright III a coward for attacking a woman, I would like to see him with my boxing gloves.

CABoatright
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CABoatright 06/25/10 - 07:10 am
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I'm with yall-what took so
Unpublished

I'm with yall-what took so long? You can bet if that had been me doing the deed...they would have arrested me on the spot!

curly123053
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curly123053 06/25/10 - 07:22 am
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I agree this man's priorities

I agree this man's priorities were messed up here. While I sympathize withn this case I also feel Wright should pay the consequences for his actions. With plant manager's comments it seems Wright likes to use his own style of "payback" to divert from his inability to keep a watch on the things he should be watching, which would be his son and his dogs back then. If that incident a few years back comes to the attention of the court maybe he can get some jail time from this.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/25/10 - 08:04 am
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I believe an earlier article

I believe an earlier article said the father was picking his child up (I think from a relative's house). The mother I believe was at work. Although I can understand how upset this father must have been I find it out he would attack this driver and not be at the child's side attending to the child. Seems he has an issue of how to handle his anger and hopefully get the councelling he needs.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 06/25/10 - 08:10 am
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well folks another fine

well folks another fine upstanding citizen with a record that includes 2 prior charges of battery, 1 drug posession and 1 conviction for harrassing phone calls, my guess the harrassing phone calls were to a woman who wanted nothing more to do with him. it would be safe to say this person isn't gainfully employed at the present time and was hanging out with the "homey's" when his child who should have been in the house asleep ran out in front of the car

reality_bites
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reality_bites 06/25/10 - 08:47 am
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Yes, low life scum. I agree

Yes, low life scum. I agree with a previous post, what took so freakin long.

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 06/25/10 - 08:49 am
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When being a thug is more

When being a thug is more important than being a parent!

BombquishaDavis
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BombquishaDavis 06/25/10 - 09:30 am
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The whole situation is sad.

The whole situation is sad. On top of the baby being hit, 4 children watched their mother beat senseless......there should have been charges for that too. Its obvious he had anger management issues....the average person would have been running, screaming, crying for help.......if anything I am glad they FINALLY arrested him for Ms Staten's children's sake...what kind of message are we relaying when someone else's negligence causes something serious to happen, and the person doing no wrong gets punished?

corgimom
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corgimom 06/25/10 - 10:00 am
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"wonder if a dfcs

"wonder if a dfcs investigation was done to determine what this kid was doing in the middle of a relatively busy street?"

It was dark and the baby tragically ran out into the street.

I have 2 two-year-old granddaughters. They can run like you wouldn't believe. When they go in opposite directions at the same time, it's terrifying.

It was just a terrible, awful tragedy. Yes, someone should've been holding the baby's hand, but sadly, life isn't perfect.

hopegevedon
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hopegevedon 06/25/10 - 10:41 am
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This is a classic example of

This is a classic example of someone blaming others for their own negligence. I feel bad for anyone who has lost a child but it seems to me it was of his own doing.

Zoe
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Zoe 06/25/10 - 11:06 am
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NO excuse for a two year old

NO excuse for a two year old to wander into the street.
That age you must keep you eyes on them the WHOLE time, or at least have one other set of eyes to help out. They are just so quick at that age.

Neglect from the father.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 06/25/10 - 11:22 am
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Let's see how many helpless

Let's see how many helpless people he punches in jail. He needs to be locked in with the biggest meanest bada-- that's locked up right now. I do offer my sympathies for the loss of his son, it is a terrible tragedy. But in no way does it excuse his behavior. Lock him up and let him think about it a while.

veggie-d
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veggie-d 06/25/10 - 12:21 pm
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corgi- , when/if one of your

corgi- , when/if one of your your granddaughters gets hit because of your "explanation" in post from 10:00am...YOU would be negligent and should face charges as well...i don't care how dark/cold/wet/windy/hot/muggy the day/night is...or even if your two year olds can outrun an "ethiopian chicken"...YOU would STILL be GUILTY!

i SURE hope folks who think like that are not the ones who do dfcs investigations..."OOOOHHHH it was DARK and the baby can run FAST?...THAT explains it!...no crime here then! just a "tragic accident"!

and i'm SURE as you were picking up your dying gchild you'd look at the driver and say: "oh, no worries!...it was just an accident!"

he's guilty as sin and blaming someone else.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 06/25/10 - 12:17 pm
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I know that this man may have

I know that this man may have been upset but that is no excuse for beating this woman, check on your child if you are so upset......I hope he gets time for it he needs to be taught a lesson about his anger issues. I wonder what else he has a record for? Accidents do happen and you only have to turn your back on a child for a second for something horrible to happen, but don't blame an innocent person for your mistakes.

SCRebel
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SCRebel 06/25/10 - 01:01 pm
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This is the case where the

This is the case where the father was throwing the football in the front yard after dark and the child ran out in the street after the football. Also, this is the same group that initially lied to police saying the woman drove up in the yard and hit the child.

dlico2
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dlico2 06/25/10 - 03:44 pm
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Did he call 911 before he

Did he call 911 before he spent the time it took to beat this woman? Did the beating stop the woman/driver from being able to call 911? How about a child neglect charge because surely there was something more beneficial that this father could be doing for the baby. A baby lies in the street while a father beats a woman... all in front of her children. Sad.

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