By Ed Brock
A two-year-old police say was hit by a 12-year-old babysitter and a man shot and beaten by a gang at a fast-food restaurant both remain in the hospital after violence erupted in the Riverdale section of Clayton County.
A 12-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the beating that left the 2-year-old girl clinging to life.
Derwin Slocum, 28, and Janine Slocum, 21, of Witney Point, N.Y. and their three daughters were visiting Janine Slocum's mother, 47-year-old Ursula Fielteau of Black Bend Court near Riverdale when the incident occurred Wednesday night, Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner said.
The Slocums, Fielteau and Fielteau's other 21-year-old daughter left during the day to go car shopping, Turner said, leaving the three girls, ages 1 to 3 years, with Fielteau's two sons, the 12-year-old suspect and a 19-year-old.
Around 9:30 p.m. the 19-year-old went to work and approximately 30 minutes passed before the other adults returned home.
"When they got home the 12-year-old was with the children," Turner said. "The Slocums noticed that the 2-year-old wasn't breathing."
They took the child to Southern Regional Medical Center where doctors determined she had suffered a severe blow to the head, Turner said. The girl was then taken to Egleston Children's Healthcare in Atlanta where she remained in critical condition on a respirator Thursday afternoon.
Turner said the 12-year-old, whose name was not released, has been charged with aggravated assault and cruelty to children and is being held at the Clayton County youth detention center.
"The 12-year-old admitted to striking her because she would not be quiet," Turner said.
But Fielteau denied that her son confessed to hitting the girl.
"My son told them three times he did not hit her," Fielteau said.
Fielteau's neighbor Jessica Cullingford and her cousin Cassie Lowe heard the commotion when the girl's parents came home but didn't pay much attention at first because "they usually fight," Cullingford said.
When they did go to see what was happening, Cullingford said, the Slocums "were about to have a fit. They didn't know what was wrong with her."
The girl looked like she was having trouble breathing, Cullingford said.'
The other incident occurred around 3:50 p.m. Wednesday when Lamontay Montgomery, 29, of College Park, and another man were walking past a Checker's hamburger stand on Riverdale Road. A group of people believed to be teen-agers were gathered by the Checker's, Turner said.
"As the two men approached the group they got into a verbal altercation (with people in the group)," Turner said. "The verbal altercation got physical."
Montgomery's companion ran from the area while members of the group beat Montgomery to the ground. They hit Montgomery in the forehead with a large rock and then one person shot Montgomery in the abdomen with a small-caliber handgun.
Montgomery was taken to SRMC for treatment. Police found two small-caliber handguns by a car wash near the area where the beating occurred after learning that some members of the group went there after the incident.
Police patrolled the area Thursday and is expected to be back today.
Anyone with information on the case should call police at (770) 477-3648.
Staff writer Michael Davis contributed to this story.