ALBANY, GA – A Georgia stepfather was arrested for the death of a three-year-old child after physically and sexually assaulting the child. The small child’s mother later admitted to witnessing the abuse of her young daughter.
On Monday, May 13, 2019, at around 7:30 a.m., a 911 call was made reporting that the child was unresponsive. Police responded and emergency medical personnel rushed the badly injured child to the hospital. When police interviewed the mother, 19-year-old Crystal Brooks and her stepfather, 20-year-old Gregory Parker, the two did not reveal what led to the child’s injuries.
The small child was in critical condition, on a ventilator throughout the week, and it was determined that she had been severely beaten and sexually assaulted. The child, identified as, Janiyah Armanie Brooks, sustained injuries to her vaginal area, ribs, along with swollen hands and head trauma. Old wounds were also found on the child’s body.
On Friday, May 17, 2019, the Albany Police Department’s Family Protection Unit (FPU) obtained warrants against 20-year old Gregory Parker. Parker was initially arrested for Aggravated Child Molestation, Rape, Aggravated Sodomy, Aggravated Battery, Battery, and Cruelty to Children in the 1st Degree charges. Following questioning, investigators learned that Brooks not only knew about Parker’s harsh treatment of the child but also witnessed it. She was initially charged with Party to a Crime on the following charges: Aggravated Battery, Battery, Cruelty to Children in the 1st Degree and Giving a False Statement initially.
On Saturday, May 18, 2019, the Janiya succumbed to her injuries, Parker and Brooks charges will now be reevaluated for additional charges.
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