Murder charge filed in beating death of Augusta girl

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 6:53 PM
Last updated Friday, March 30, 2012 5:45 PM
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Editor's note: Because of incorrect information given to The Augusta Chronicle, the age of Tyasia Phillips was incorrect in this story. In court March 30, her father said she was 4. This story has been changed to reflect this.

Willie Clifford Jones  Special
Willie Clifford Jones

A murder charge was filed Tuesday against Willie Clifford Jones in connection with the beating death of his 4-year-old daughter, police said.

Around 9 p.m. March 11, investigators were called to Doctors Hospital where Tyasia Phillips was brought after she became unresponsive in her father’s home in the 2900 block of Gordon Highway. The child was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital with bleeding in her brain.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Blaise Dresser said the little girl was taken off life support Saturday.

Jones, 22, was jailed March 11 on a charge of first-degree cruelty to children. He will remain in the Richmond County Jail, Dresser said.

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Jane18 03/21/12 - 09:10 am
Someone stick a fork in

Someone stick a fork in Willie Jones, He's done!

i dont play
i dont play 03/22/12 - 02:25 pm
thats so sad i mean i wonder

thats so sad i mean i wonder what be going through people mind????? what can a 5 year old do so bad that you beat them twe death and then thats your child !!!!!! ugh what is the world coming twe !!!!!???!?!?!?!

sassylassie 03/22/12 - 02:53 pm
Unfortunately, Mr. jones has

Unfortunately, Mr. jones has had difficulty with his reactions to situations for a very long time. Some individuals should get assistance and recognize that they put others in danger when they act this way. A family member could have stepped up to the plate a long time ago like the school system did to try to help him. Unfortunately, his precious child paid the price. Sad.

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