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Father fatally beat daughter because she didn't know ABCs, assistant district attorney says

Friday, March 30, 2012 11:50 AM
Last updated Saturday, March 31, 2012 1:57 AM
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A 4-year-old girl beaten to death last month received her fatal injuries because she didn’t know her ABCs, Assis­tant District Attorney Natalie Paine said Friday during a bond hearing for Willie Jones.

Willie Jones, 22, is charged in the beating death of his 4-year-old daughter, who went to the hospital covered in welts and bruises.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Willie Jones, 22, is charged in the beating death of his 4-year-old daughter, who went to the hospital covered in welts and bruises.

Jones, 22, is charged with murder in the death of his daughter, who was staying with him for two weeks while her grandmother recovered from surgery. Jones spent little time with his daughter, but it was hoped they could establish a better bond during their time together, Paine said.

Instead, numerous abuses were committed against the child, which Paine listed before Superior Court Judge William Fleming, who denied bond for Jones.

Paine said there were photos of Jones beating and dragging the child from the time she moved in with him Feb. 27. The girl was being punished for not knowing her ABCs or 123s, Paine said.

When the child was taken to the emergency room March 11, her body was covered in welts and bruises. Her back was striped with second-degree burns.

Paine said the injuries were caused by Jones beating her head with a shoe, a belt and a slender plastic rod used to open blinds. Both the belt and the rod broke from the force of Jones’ beatings, Paine said.

Jones apparently felt bad about the abuse and took the girl to a gas station to get candy, but witnesses saw him taunt the girl, telling her to pick out candy, then yelling at her, Paine said.

Jones was arrested on suspicion of child cruelty when his daughter was brought to the hospital. When he was told she was taken off life support six days later, his response, according to Paine, was: “Man, I’m going away for life now.”

Fleming denied bond on the grounds that Jones poses a threat to the community.

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broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 03/30/12 - 12:08 pm
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i don't know how nnaugusta's
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i don't know how nnaugusta's comment is not racist or hateful, but i'll try to clue nnaugusta in. the police took arrested the killer in this crime. i don't think you understand that protests happen when justice isn't served, not just every time some nut commits a crime.

iLove
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iLove 03/30/12 - 12:09 pm
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Those comments are not needed
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Those comments are not needed at this time.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 03/30/12 - 12:12 pm
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Poor little girl; R.I.P.

Poor little girl; R.I.P.

iLove
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iLove 03/30/12 - 12:13 pm
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The first comment that is.
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The first comment that is.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 03/30/12 - 12:19 pm
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He apparently hated this

He apparently hated this child, I would like to knwo where the childs mother is? It states she was living with her grandmother who must be the fathers mother.

jahir
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jahir 03/30/12 - 12:26 pm
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YOU KNOW I REALLY HAD TO

YOU KNOW I REALLY HAD TO BREATHE A LITTLE WHEN I READ 'NNAUGUSTA'S) COMMENTS.

HOW INSENSITIVE. I HAVE BEEN READING A LOT OF THE COMMENTS WHEN IT COMES TO THESE ISSUES. PEOPLE, IT’S ABOUT JUSTICE AS "BROAD STREET NARROW MIND" PUT IT. IGNORANCE CAN CAUSE A LOT OF ISSUES. WE AS A PEOPLE (BLACK, WHITE, GREEN, YELLOW) NEED TO BE CONSCIOUS OF OUR WORDS. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO REALLY TRY TO BE OPEN MINDED ON ALL ISSUES OF THE WORLD. BUT YOU GOTTA KNOW WHEN TO KEEP SOME COMMENTS TO YOURSELF REGARDLESS OF YOUR EDUCATION. :-)

PEACE AND LOVE

Common.sense
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Common.sense 03/30/12 - 12:51 pm
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I really favor execution if

I really favor execution if found guilty.

ripjones256
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ripjones256 03/30/12 - 01:27 pm
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EXECUTE him. As quickly as
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EXECUTE him. As quickly as possible. He does not deserve to take in the same oxygen as we do. He has done a majorly inhumane thing. He is an animal. Send his worthless butt to Texas -- they have an express lane. He's 22. He doesn't need to see 24.

i dont play
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i dont play 03/30/12 - 01:49 pm
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really man she was a baby and

really man she was a baby and yhu beat her for not knowing her acb"s come on man. rip baby !!!!!!!!! !!!! what is the world coming twe??????

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 03/30/12 - 01:54 pm
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This story literally makes my

This story literally makes my stomach churn

rmajor
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rmajor 03/30/12 - 01:54 pm
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So unfortunate. Of course,

So unfortunate. Of course, I'm speculating. However, it seems the grandmother didn't have options as to where this beautiful, child could stay while she recovered from surgery. It's obvious that this father has no interest in the child, because he never visited her. I understand the sentiment of wanting them to become closer, but if he never cared to visit, just because this opportunity presented itself, didn't mean it was the wise thing to do. I know this grandmother is so upset. This is so sad. She probably blaims herself. But what was this man's history? Was he always violent? Does he have a violent, criminal record? Obviously, the mother is MIA. This is really a sad, case of a grandmother doing the best she could. Life is like a vapor isn't it? If only she could have found someone to supervise this child for two weeks, then we wouldn't be reading this story. I love children. So many injustices happen against them. Why Lord? I pray for all the children and I pray for those parents and relatives who love those children. There are so many adults with such anger in their hearts! How can you keep hurting a child? I don't understand and I thank God that I don't understand it. Rest in peace sweet baby.

allhans
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allhans 03/30/12 - 02:02 pm
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What must the child have

What must the child have been thinking as this abuse was going on.
Somehow, the punishment must be such that he and others will think a long time before doing such things to an innocent, helpless child.

specsta
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specsta 03/30/12 - 03:03 pm
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I'm at a loss for words in

I'm at a loss for words in regards to this story. How anyone could treat a 4-year-old child like that is beyond my comprehension. No human being should suffer like that, and the worst part is that it is at the hands of her father - someone who should be providing the little girl with comfort and security. There is just plain evil in this world.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/30/12 - 03:07 pm
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rmajor, yes he has a violent
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rmajor, yes he has a violent past. That is why I have been asking all this time....why would anyone leave this baby in his care.

pgapeach2
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pgapeach2 03/30/12 - 03:10 pm
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This article has me

This article has me speechless! What a heartless individual! No child should have to endure any abuse of this caliber. If the death penalty could be given to him it should.

tfaircloth
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tfaircloth 03/30/12 - 03:11 pm
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The baby died because this

The baby died because this man doesn't love anybody but himself.....down to the comment he made when they told him the baby was being taken off life support. I just thank God that He took her early and she didn't have to endure the horrible treatment described any longer than 13 days. I truly hope that the father confesses and repents for his actions before he comes face-to-face with our Righteous Judge.

At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm until the end will be saved. And this gospel will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. - Jesus (Matthew 24:10-14)

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 03/30/12 - 03:27 pm
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why was my comment removed?

why was my comment removed?

sassylassie
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sassylassie 03/30/12 - 03:41 pm
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Unfortunately, Mr. Jones has

Unfortunately, Mr. Jones has had behavioral and mental issues for some time. It is unfortunate that children can be brought into this world and have to suffer at the hands of parents that cannot or will not get help for themselves, then turn it on the innocent children. How sad. Mr. Jones has exhibited these behaviors since childhood. I sincerely wish someone in his family could have helped get him the assistance he needed and obviously still needs before it was too late. These behaviors don't just start all of a sudden.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 03/30/12 - 04:14 pm
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RIP, young lady. Now you're

RIP, young lady.

Now you're forever safe from your monstrous male procreator.

allhans
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allhans 03/30/12 - 04:52 pm
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Lets place some of the blame

Lets place some of the blame with the mother, wherever she might be.
It wouldn't hurt to be a little selective in picking your baby's daddy.

Jake
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Jake 03/30/12 - 06:26 pm
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This is one of the most

This is one of the most disturbing articles I have ever read on the AC. My first impluse is for him to be beaten to death for not knowing how to be a loving and caring father.
I wonder about the paragraph that stated there were photos of him beating and dragging the child. Who took the photos and why were they not reported to the police?

nnaugusta
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nnaugusta 03/30/12 - 07:06 pm
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Jake, I wondered the same

Jake, I wondered the same thing. He had photos? Really? You never know how much of a demon someone really is until it is too late some innocent child loses their life.

olehipychick69
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olehipychick69 03/30/12 - 07:16 pm
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My husband asked the same

My husband asked the same question as Jack.. Who took the photos and why are we reading about their arrest? That poor baby suffered at the hands of two (or more) people. Sick people at that. The old "what goes around comes around" and I hope "bubba" beats him with a belt until it breaks and I hope it's leather. If you don't have one, let me know. I provide it. Don't the Christians say "An eye for an eye" Let me know when this sick [filtered word] gets his.

olehipychick69
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olehipychick69 03/30/12 - 07:17 pm
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sorry Jake, didn't mean to

sorry Jake, didn't mean to call you Jack

Jake
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Jake 03/30/12 - 07:31 pm
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Thats OK olehipychick69, I

Thats OK olehipychick69, I have a brother named Jack. Love your online name.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/30/12 - 09:21 pm
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Jake, usually people that

Jake, usually people that take videos of what is going on have been pulling their hair out already trying to get something done about the problem and are hoping if they provide video something will be done about it finally.

Jake
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Jake 03/30/12 - 11:31 pm
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Yeah Autumn Leaves, but who

Yeah Autumn Leaves, but who was it? Nothing in the article says anything about it.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/31/12 - 04:55 am
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BIRTH CONTROL......stop

BIRTH CONTROL......stop fighting birth control ........there are many reasons we need it....this is one of them....

Some really need to be sterilized...forever amen.

allhans
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allhans 03/31/12 - 09:10 am
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Birth Control is readily

Birth Control is readily available. USE IT!

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 03/31/12 - 12:37 pm
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Scumbags like this are why we

Scumbags like this are why we have the death penalty. And in cases like this where there is abosulutley NO question as to guilt, he should be executed immediately.....Total cost to the taxpayers after trial?. The cost of a bullet....

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