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Griffin man indicted in baby's murder

By Mehgaan Jones

mjones@news-daily.com

A Griffin man has been indicted, by a Clayton County grand jury, in the August 2009 murder of a 7-month-old child, Clayton County Superior Court documents show.

The indictment, issued on Wednesday, states that Howard Holloman, Jr., 30, was indicted on four counts of felony murder, four counts of aggravated battery, six counts of aggravated assault and four counts of cruelty to children.

According to an arrest warrant, sought by Clayton County Police, Holloman allegedly struck 7-month-old, Nathaniel Price, resulting in the child's death. The incident occurred Aug. 25, 2009, on Twain Drive, in Ellenwood, court records state. Available court documents did not indicate Holloman's relationship to the child.

Holloman did "maliciously cause bodily harm, cruel and excessive physical and mental pain" to the child by applying non-accidental blunt force trauma to the child's torso, according to the warrant.

The warrant added that Price's spine was fractured and his heart was ruptured. The force caused lacerations to the liver and multiple contusions of the chest and abdomen, according to the indictment.

Holloman was being held in the Clayton County Jail on Friday, according to jail officials. Holloman is represented by Judicial Circuit Public Defender Christine Van Dross, according to online court records. Van Dross could not be reached for comment on Friday.