Couple indicted in death of 4-month-old boy

JONESBORO — The mother and stepfather of a baby boy who died in October were indicted Wednesday on murder charges, according to Clayton County Superior Court records.

Prosecutors allege James Cockrell, 4 months old, died Oct. 21 from Shaken Baby Syndrome. His mother, Nacole Shavon Cockrell, 27, of Fayetteville and stepfather, James Darrell Bartlett, 32, of Riverdale have been indicted on three counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and cruelty to children.

Police said neither adult called 911 Oct. 19 when the baby stopped breathing.

Cockrell also faces charges of felony murder for allegedly allowing Bartlett to care for her son after seeing him commit abusive acts against him. She was also indicted for contributing to the deprivation of a minor.

They are being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail.

According to court records, Cockrell pleaded no contest as a first offender to battery under the Family Violence Act 16 days before the baby's death. She was sentenced to 12 months probation and 40 hours of community service, but was back in court Nov. 9 for allegedly violating that probation.

Georgia Department of Corrections records show Bartlett has been in and out of state prison five times since April 1999. He was released seven months before the baby's death and was locked up again five months after his death for possession of a firearm by a first offender, according to prison records.

In other indictments:

• Christopher Alexander Smith was indicted for criminal damage to property in the first degree for allegedly backing his vehicle into a building Aug. 16, 2009, at Monterey Village Apartments.

• Keyera Lynette Badger was indicted for a July 26, 2001, burglary of a Lake City residence.

• Julius William Donpedro was indicted for two counts of serious injury by vehicle in an April 12, 2009, accident. Prosecutors allege Donpedro was driving too fast and on the wrong side of the road when he caused an accident that injured Antonio Butler.

• Mario Deshon Washington was indicted on two counts of DUI, driving on a suspended license and a window tint violation in an alleged Feb. 13, 2011, incident.

• Gladys Eneida Caban was indicted for keeping a gambling place, commercial gambling and possession of a gambling device. Prosecutors allege Caban allowed gambling inside a business on Mundy's Mill Road in December 2010.

• In a separate case, five others were indicted for gambling at the Handy Food Store in Forest Park Feb. 16 through April 12. Vaskar Chanda, Imtiaz Hossain Rony, Shyan Prosad Chanda, Mala Samadder and Shamin Chan face one count of commercial gambling. Vaskar Chanda and Shyam Prosad Chanda were also indicted for keeping a gambling place and possession of a gambling device.

• Rodrigus Dantze Williams was indicted for criminal damage to property in the second degree. Prosecutors allege that he scratched the paint on a 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and a 2010 Ford Edge June 12. Williams is also accused of puncturing a tire on the Ford.

• Shahem Aquil Perry was indicted for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and theft by receiving stolen property in a June 15, 2011, arrest. Prosecutors allege Perry had possession of a .40-caliber handgun.

• Austin Siampwizi was indicted for theft by conversion. Prosecutors allege Siampwizi took a Chevrolet owned by Octavis Campbell April 27, 2010, and converted it to his own use without refunding the money to Campbell.

• Stewart Randolph Wright was indicted for shoplifting a rifle scope from Walmart Dec. 10, 2009. Prosecutors said Wright has previous shoplifting convictions in Gwinnett, Rockdale and Douglas counties.

• David Lamar Homer and Antonio Antion Larry were indicted for entering an auto, theft by taking and financial transaction card theft in an alleged April 21, 2011, incident.

• Milargo Antonio Sanders was indicted for theft by taking in an alleged incident Feb. 2, 2011. Prosecutors allege Sanders stole a Great Dane trailer from Nationwide Transport. Sanders was also indicted for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime Feb. 18, 2011.

• Jaylan Artre Davis, 18, of Rex was indicted for armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, burglary, criminal trespass and obstruction of an officer. Prosecutors allege Davis stole a car from Violet Flowers Feb. 28 and broke into a home on Bell Court.

Prosecutors also allege Davis broke into a Wells Fargo in Rex to hide stolen property. He is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail.