Murder charge filed in beating death of Augusta girl

Willie Clifford Jones

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.

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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