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Bodies of toddlers, father found in Georgia


(CNN) -- Investigators have found the bodies of three small children and the father who allegedly abducted them from their home in Columbus, Georgia, two weeks ago, the FBI said Wednesday.


The mother of Cedric Harrington, 3, begged Eddie Harrington not to harm him or the twins.

"It is my sad duty to report that deceased bodies of these children and Eddie Harrington were located this afternoon," said FBI Special Agent Gerald Green.

A coroner would confirm the identities, he added.

The remains were discovered in a wooded area of Columbus by a person walking nearby, Green said. 

Eddie Harrington, 28, whom police described as depressed, took the children March 5, police said.

Before he left, Harrington sent a letter indicating his intent to kill his twin 23-month-old girls, Aliyah and Agana Battle, and his son, Cedric Harrington, 3, officials said.

The day before Wednesday's grisly discovery, the children's mother told CNN's Nancy Grace that Harrington had threatened them before.

"He's just told me he'll do anything to keep me at that time, and he said that he was going to take them and ... kill himself and the kids," Agena Battle said.

"But then later on, he told me that it was just to prove to me that, you know, what he'll do for me."

Battle also described the moment earlier this month when she knew something was wrong.

"I got home and I realized that the kids weren't there, and Eddie wasn't there either, and when I looked on the dresser and read the note, that's when I realized that my kids are in trouble," she said.

A week ago, a tearful Battle publicly begged her boyfriend not to harm the children.

"I am asking the public to please help me. I want my children home where they belong, with me," she said at an FBI news conference.

"Please, if you see Eddie, the car or the children, please call 911. Please help me and keep them in your prayers."

A child abduction alert was issued in Georgia after the children disappeared.

"We have great concern for the safety of these children," Green said at the time.

It was unclear what sparked Harrington's decision to take the children, authorities said.


January 27th, 2008

Tina Richards Charged with Aggravated Assault and Injury for Hurting 10-Month-Old Son

In Georgia, Tina Richards, 19, is charged with aggravated assault and battery, and first and second degree child cruelty. Her ten-month old son remains in critical condition at a hospital in Savannah.

Emergency medical servives arrived at Richard’s home after receiving a 911 call that she  fell with the child while getting into the shower. According to the call, the child was having trouble breathing.

EMS told the police that the baby’s injuries were not consistent with the story since he was completely dry and his injuries were not consistent with a fall. The boy had dried blood in its nostrils and could only breathe when held upright. EMS found the baby had bruises on his arms and around his head.  He may have a broken nose and other facial injuries.

At the home, the sheriff recovered a onesie sewed into the bed sheet, yarn may have been used to maybe strap the child’s legs down, and duct tape.

Oh god.

They are investigating to see if Richards was suffering from post partum depression.  Even so, this isn’t the first time she was found abusing her son. Richards was arrested last summer on cruelty to children and battery charges. At that time the boy, had a bruised eye and black and blue marks on both arms.

Richards plead guilty to both charges and was sentenced to five years probation and $1350 in fines.

Why did this woman get her son back? Needless to say, local officials are investigating.


DFCS Official Accused Of Spanking Daughter With Belt

'I Did Spank Her, But I Didn't Abuse Her'

March 13, 2007

ATLANTA -- A county child welfare official has been arrested on accusations she whipped her 8-year-old daughter with a belt.

Cylenthia Clark, who is assistant director of the Fulton County office of the state Division of Family and Children Services, was arrested Saturday and charged with felony child cruelty.

The arrest warrant says that on Feb. 7, Clark, 38, of Fayetteville told her daughter to take off her clothes except her panties and then whipped her with a belt on the back, arms, legs and face. The arrest came after the girl's school reported marks on the girl's back and arms on Feb. 28, Fayetteville police Lt. Beverly Trainor said.

The girl and her three sisters -- ages 6, 5 and 3 -- have been placed in protective custody, Trainor said.

In an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Clark admitted spanking her daughter but said she is not a child abuser.

"I have never abused my children," she said.

Clark said her daughter had been acting aggressive and fighting in an after-school program and even fighting a teacher who tried to break it up.

"I did spank her, but I didn't abuse her," Clark said. "I don't even want to spank my kids but it's a last resort."

Clark is currently free on bond.

Division of Family and Children Services spokeswoman Dena Smith said Clark is still on the job but only doing administrative work and is not involved in child protection cases.

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Georgia Mother Charged With Fatally Stabbing Her Children, Injuring Her Father Arrested

Tuesday , January 09, 2007



A woman charged with stabbing her two young children to death and severely injuring her father was arrested in Atlanta early Tuesday, nearly a week after the attack, authorities said.

Police had been looking for Felicia Williams since Wednesday, when officers following a 911 call found the bodies of her children, Elexis Nicole Hill, 9, and James Ross Hill, 4, in Williams' home in Bethlehem, a tiny town in northeast Georgia. Williams' father was found injured in the home, authorities said.

Williams, 26, was charged Friday with murder and aggravated assault.

Atlanta police, following an anonymous tip, arrested her around 1 a.m. Tuesday after finding her hiding in a closet in an Atlanta apartment, police said in a statement.

She was turned over to Barrow County authorities to face charges. Bethlehem is 40 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Williams' children were buried less than 24 hours before her arrest. During the ceremony, the children's grandmother had made an appeal during the funeral for her daughter to turn herself in.


Husband/Father Charged in Triple Murder
A Lithonia man accused of killing his wife and twin 2-year-old boys is being held without bond in the Dekalb County jail.

29-year-old Clayton Ellington is charged with three counts of murder for the blunt force trauma deaths of Berna, Cameron and Christian Ellington.

Ellington originally told police he found the bodies Wednesday night in the family's home on Rambling Way in Lithonia.

19-year-old Sean Fennell, a friend of the suspect, has been charged with giving police false information about the case.

Both men will make their first court appearance Friday afternoon at 5 before a Dekalb County magistrate.

19 May 2006

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Zykira Bennett

Parents Charged with Killing 1-Year-Old Baby

By First Coast News Staff

BRUNSWICK, GA -- Rhonikki Williams, 24, and Epluribus Deshawn Bennett, 22, were arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct and cruelty to children in the first degree.

On January 1st, the Glynn County Police Department responded to a 911 call that a child was not breathing.

When officers arrived, they found one-year-old Zykira Bennett, dead in the bathroom.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation conducted an autopsy and found out that baby Zykira died as a result of blunt force trauma.

Seventeen days later, Williams and Bennett were arrested.

This is an ongoing investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division. Anyone with information about this crime should contact Rickey Evans at (901)554-7811.

Created: 1/19/2007 12:33:47 PM

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