Prosecution of Grovetown woman accused of beating son continues

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 8:11 PM
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Prosecution of a Grovetown woman accused of beating her 10-year-old son in early De­cem­ber will continue in Co­lumbia County Superior Court.

County Magistrate Judge Bobby Christine determined at a preliminary hearing Tuesday that there was enough evidence against Shavoya Tensia Davis, 26, for the case against her to continue.

Christine also refused to grant a bond for Davis, who has been held in the Columbia County Detention Center since her Dec. 4 arrest.

Davis and her boyfriend, Wilford Elias Petersen Jr., 57, were charged with child cruelty after Davis’ son complained to school officials that his “stepfather” beat him with a lamp cord for failing to write down his homework.

Peterson is also being held without bond.

“(The boy) told the parapro that he was going to be moving a little bit slow that day,” Columbia County sheriff’s Investigator Teresa Lamb said at the hearing.

The parapro at Euchee Creek Elementary School contacted the school nurse, who examined the boy and found cuts on his arms, legs, back and buttocks.

Lamb said the boy had bled through his underwear from wounds on his buttocks.

“Some wounds were scabbed over and healing and some were actively bleeding,” Lamb said.

The boy told investigators and a forensic interviewer at the Child Advocacy Center that his mother and Petersen beat him with a variety of items regularly and the lamp cord was the most recent.

Davis initially denied seeing Petersen hit the boy but later admitted she had witnessed the abuse.

Lamb said investigators found the lamp inside an office off of the garage at Davis’ home.

The boy is the oldest of Davis’ three children.

“During the search, there was no evidence that children lived there,” Lamb said. “There were no toys. It was strange.”

Lamb said there was no evidence the younger children were abused and it appeared the couple targeted the 10-year-old.

All three children were taken into Department of Family and Children Services custody. A DFCS representative said the children could be returned to Davis if she is released on bond.

A prosecutor opposed bond, saying Davis was a danger to intimidate witnesses, to the community and to commit another felony.

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InChristLove 12/31/13 - 09:25 pm
Oh my gosh, reading this

Oh my gosh, reading this makes me physically ill. How could a mother allow her child to be abused like this. I pray none of these children are ever returned to her.

IBeDogGone 01/01/14 - 02:41 am
DFCS Needs a Reality Check

If a mother will allow one man to intimidate her she will allow another to do the same. I do not believe that she was not aware of this abuse and maybe even partcipaed in the physical abuse. Any woman that will allow another man to physically abuse her child is guilty of mental abuse. She obviously has issues herself and is not capable of being a parent. I DFCS allowed her to have the children back they should be held accountable if harm comes to these innocent children.

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