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Women indicted in connection with girl's death

By Kathy Jefcoats

Two women indicted Thursday in connection with the death of an Eagle's Landing Middle School student surrendered to authorities Friday.

Patricia White, 49, turned herself in on a charge of failure to report child abuse Friday at 4:30 p.m. Carolyn Clemons, 44, surrendered at 4 p.m. on that charge and making a false statement to police.

White's bond was set at $1,000. Clemons's bond is $1,500. As of 5:20 p.m., the women were still being processed through the Henry County Jail.

White was a school counselor at Eagle's Landing where Joella Reaves, 11, was a student. Joella was found beaten and starved at her Stockbridge home Dec. 1. Her father, Rodney Reaves, and stepmother, Charlott Reaves, will face the death penalty on multiple charges of murder in the case.

Prosecutors say White knew Joella had been abused previously and did not report it as she is mandated to do by law.

Clemons was a school nurse. Prosecutors said she also knew the child was being abused and did not report it. Clemons also reportedly lied to police when asked about the abuse, saying she never saw Joella.

Both women were fired after the child's death.

A fifth codefendant indicted Thursday, Dr. Catherine Mauer, is out of town and is expected to turn herself in this weekend, said Henry County sheriff's jail Maj. David McCart. Mauer is charged with failure to report child abuse, a misdemeanor.

The parents were arrested in December and are being held in the Henry County Jail without bond.

Making a false statement and all the charges facing the parents are felonies.