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Hearing offers details of Augusta woman charged in child's death

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 10:40 AM
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Prosecution of an Augusta woman charged with the stabbing death of her toddler will continue.

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Marina Mae Middlebrook is escorted into the courtroom for a preliminary hearing in her trial for murder and cruelty to children in the stabbing death of her two-year-old daughter Sky Lyric Allen.      JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Marina Mae Middlebrook is escorted into the courtroom for a preliminary hearing in her trial for murder and cruelty to children in the stabbing death of her two-year-old daughter Sky Lyric Allen.

Columbia County Magistrate Judge Jason Troiano determined at a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning that there is enough evidence against Marina Mae Middlebrooks, 29, to proceed with prosecution in Superior Court.

Middlebrooks is charged with murder and cruelty to children in the May 2 death of her daughter, Sky Lyric Allen, 2.

Middlebrooks drifted off of Ray Owens Road in front of North Columbia Elementary School in Appling at about 4:20 p.m. Her Honda CRV hit a tree. Emergency medical personnel discovered Sky’s body while trying to help Middlebrooks.

“As (an emergency medical technician) was tending to Middlebrooks and they were attempting to get her out of the vehicle, (the EMT) observed a small hand sticking out from under some clothes under Ms. Middlebrooks’ legs on the driver’s side floorboard,” Columbia County sheriff’s Investigator James Edmunds said at the hearing.

Sky, who died from stab wound to the throat, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.

“A pair of scissors were found covered in blood on the passenger seat,” Edmunds said.

Middlebrooks, who sustained several self-inflicted cuts and stab wounds, was airlifted to a hospital. Sheriff’s office investigators interviewed her at the hospital. She was arrested May 6 after a second interview and her release from the hospital.

Middlebrooks’ attorney, Richard E. Allen, said that she’d been previously diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and attempted suicide earlier the same day.

Edmunds said Middlebrooks’ demeanor would change quickly during the second interview, but that “When I spoke to her, she appeared to be rational.”

Middlebrooks told investigators that she took Sky and her 4-year-old son to a motel in Columbia County on May 1, but returned to her Norton Boulevard home because the children didn’t want to stay in a motel. The children’s father said he slept on the sofa that night and Middlebrooks was gone when Sky woke him the next morning.

When she returned, the children’s father said Middlebrooks had a bandage on her wrist and was “acting real strange.”

Middlebrooks told investigators that she went back to the motel and cut her wrists there. She “snapped out of it,” wrapped a towel around her wrist and went home.

“She stated she doesn’t remember anything else,” Edmunds said.

Middlebrooks left her son at home alone. The boy told investigators that when Middlebrooks left with her daughter that “Sky was naked and Mommy was mad.”

Sky’s body was naked at the time of the wreck and Middlebrooks was nude from the waist down.

Edmunds said there was no evidence to suggest Middlebrooks was raped or otherwise assaulted. Tests on blood found inside the vehicle are pending at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta.

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GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 05/28/13 - 11:09 am
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Ok then why did she have a child in her custody????

Middlebrooks’ attorney, Richard E. Allen, said that she’d been previously diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and attempted suicide earlier the same day.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 05/28/13 - 11:14 am
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A sad sad situation

and now this story will get milked for all that it is worth - by the media - by the R & Rs and nothing will bring the baby back nor change the whole family situation to anything better. My condolences to all the members of this family that are close to this matter and have to endure it. God bless them all and give them strength!

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 05/28/13 - 11:24 am
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she had her son because "it
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she had her son because "it be raaaaacist fo da polleeces and defacks to come in and take-did da child fro he mutha, she lubb-did her chillin fo sho she be oba-whellemed dats all, it aint not her fault she kilt dat lil-la baby cause she not hab her welfare and foo stamps dats cause"

happychimer
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happychimer 05/28/13 - 11:35 am
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I am sick and tired of these

I am sick and tired of these females murdering their own kids! Something has to be done.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 05/28/13 - 11:35 am
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We have got to stop

looking the other way. Children are getting killed because someone isn't stepping up and saying what everyone else knows. There are people out there that need help...these people do not need to be supervising children, whether their own or someone elses. These situations are avoidable!!

happychimer
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happychimer 05/28/13 - 11:43 am
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Yes people don't want to get

Yes people don't want to get involved. That irks me to no end!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 05/28/13 - 01:32 pm
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You can thank all the fuzzy brains who just know everything

about what the mentally ill really need. The very "best" minds decided over the past 30 years that institutionalization simply is not necessary for the mentally ill, not any of them unless they have done something horrible, not even the paranoiacs who scare the crap out of their families but haven't killed anyone quite yet. Killing pets and tormenting weaker people, ie, little children, don't count as qualifiers for being safely locked up. Just give them magic medication--if you can make them take it--and all will be well.

Meanwhile, more and more crazies are living on the streets, more and more people are being victimized and murdered by crazies, and the population of homeless crazies continues to grow as our nation implodes from the burden of supporting the non-productive but able-bodied lazies. Lazies and crazies.

But hey, let's spend a bazillion dollars of taxpayers' money to push legislation that steamrolls the Constitution to take away guns from private citizens, because we all know that guns are the real problem, right? And scissors.

Sigh.

Lkn4Ans
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Lkn4Ans 05/28/13 - 12:59 pm
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You are 100 percent

spot on Fiat_Lux. I have been saying the same thing for a long time. They don’t want to admit that the problem is one they created back in the 60’s and 70’s when they closed all of the mental institutions. They just dumped all those unfortunate and mentally ill people on the street then created all kinds of laws that prohibit doing anything with them. They can’t be locked up, and we can’t make them get treatment, nor can we make them take medications which might help. The court system cannot order them committed to an institution because there aren’t any. The do gooder liberals did away with them and didn’t provide any alternative. No one would deny that nearly every case of horrendous killing we have seen these past twenty plus years has been done by a mentally ill individual. They walk the streets alongside us every day, going unnoticed for the most part, until they have an episode and decide to kill someone. And contrary to the ban-the-guns movement junkies, guns are not responsible for killing people. People kill people. When will they wake up and actually get it. Lord help us.

allhans
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allhans 05/28/13 - 12:59 pm
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Until real punishment is

Until real punishment is given to these child killers it will continue.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/28/13 - 01:47 pm
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AMEN Fiat Lux

You can thank all the fuzzy brains who just know everything

about what the mentally ill really need. The very "best" minds decided over the past 30 years that institutionalization simply is not necessary for the mentally ill,

You are so right!!@!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/28/13 - 01:48 pm
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We see the results of that thinking

In the news everyday...shootings--baby killings etc.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/28/13 - 03:08 pm
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Ronald Reagan had a lot to do

Ronald Reagan had a lot to do with emptying the mental institutions, sad to say.

Watermedic
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Watermedic 05/28/13 - 03:54 pm
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They should all get time

They should all get time released meds like the birth control implants!!

A month before the last dose, they should be required to show up for the next dose or warrants issued for them.

Not a cure all but may get some positive results.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 05/28/13 - 04:50 pm
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@Watermedic

It's not a bad idea, but good luck getting them to show up, warrant or no warrant. There aren't enough police to make the slightest little dent in that bunch in terms of compliance.

They would have to be made to show up for their next dose in order to get something like their welfare check or EBT card. The problem with even that is that so many who are most problematic to society live on the streets. How do you make them do anything they don't want to do?

For the totally unmotivated and resistant, an implant, when totally used up, would have to cause them a big problem of some sort so that they are compelled to get it fixed due to their extreme discomfort.

But then you run into the constitutionality of forcing people to take meds they don't want to take. Locking them up and giving them the essentials of care is probably easier and cheaper, considering the enforcement issue.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 05/28/13 - 04:59 pm
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fiat, you are dead on
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fiat, you are dead on point!!!

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 05/28/13 - 04:59 pm
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fiat, you are dead on
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fiat, you are dead on point!!!

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 05/28/13 - 05:39 pm
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People have
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been assassinating babies even before Roe vs Wade.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 05/28/13 - 06:58 pm
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The consequence of
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The consequence of deinstitutionalization of the mentally has been that we've let the criminal justice system assume responsibility for it; a system not designed and ill-equipped, both in human and capital resources, to deal with it. It was supported by both liberal and conservative sides. From the liberal side, it was a human rights issue, from the conservative side, it was a fiscal issue. It was win-win politically, but there are consequences that we see or read about everyday.

Willie Loman
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Willie Loman 05/28/13 - 07:45 pm
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Eye for an eye...

tooth for a tooth. Prosecute her to the fullest extent of the law.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 05/28/13 - 08:29 pm
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You nailed it, Palmetto

That's exactly what happened.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 05/28/13 - 08:38 pm
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Thanks, Fiat. I get paid for
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Thanks, Fiat. I get paid for it. Sounds like you're relatively invested yourself.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 05/29/13 - 09:47 am
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Mainly as an interested spectator with a worthless degree...

I've been fortunate not to have had much first hand experience with mental illness, such as with a loved one, but it's hard to escape seeing the impact of the de-institutionalization of the mentally ill, most especially the impact of the judicial systems' "catch-and-release" method for curbing antisocial and totally aberrant behavior.

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Darby 05/29/13 - 11:21 am
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"Ronald Reagan had a lot to do with

emptying the mental institutions, sad to say."

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That one is getting so old and so tired..

Cadence
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Cadence 05/30/13 - 04:46 pm
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I'm Sorry

It is a terrible horrible thing to happen to an innocent baby girl, but if the mother is so severely mentally ill, she wasn't responsible for her actions. She should not have been allowed to have children in her custody, that is for sure. I agree with the comment that said some type of long term subcutaneous meds might work, but I think the patient would have to agree with it. It's heartbreaking.

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