By Kathy Jefcoats
JONESBORO — A Jonesboro man has been indicted for failing to see that a toddler left their home and wandered into busy Tara Boulevard where she was hit by a car.
Cliff Lawshea, 53, is being held in Clayton County Jail. He was indicted Wednesday for second degree child cruelty and contributing to the deprivation of a minor.
Prosecutors allege Lawshea was supposed to be caring for the child, 3, March 4, when she left the home and entered Tara Boulevard where it is a six-lane highway. The child was hit by a car. The relationship between the two was unclear in the court documents.
A mother arrested in March for allegedly forcing her daughter to fight another girl was indicted in the case Wednesday. April Kyanna McCrimon, 33, of Riverdale was indicted for false imprisonment, child cruelty in the second degree, simple battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
McCrimon is being held in the Clayton County Jail.
Police said McCrimon forced her daughter and another girl, both 11, to fight to settle an argument. Police said the girls hit and punched each other and pulled each other's hair inside an apartment. Police said others blocked the door and McCrimon refused to let the girl leave until she fought.
McCrimon is also charged with pulling the other girl's hair. Police said someone videotaped the alleged brawl and the other girl suffered bruises around her eyes.
Court records show McCrimon was the focus of a September open investigation by Cobb County Department of Family and Children's Services.
Clayton County Superior Court records show McCrimon pleaded as a First Offender in November 2008 to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, battery and child cruelty. She was sentenced to seven years probation and ordered to undergo mental health counseling and to take all medication prescribed to her by a doctor.
Within 30 days, McCrimon was to complete programs addressing family violence intervention program and anger management. She was also ordered to not have violent contact with three children, one of whom is named in the latest allegation. The other two were victims in the 2008 case.
Police said McCrimon beat one of the children, a 9-year-old, leaving bruises across her back and thighs. The other child, 11, was beaten with a broom in the face and about her body.
A Clayton County Jail inmate being held for probation violation was indicted for inciting a riot inside the facility. Prosecutors allege that Anthony Bruce Slade Jr., 29, of McDonough created a clear and present danger May 29 when he exited his cell and told inmates to "Turn it up at 9 p.m. and don't lock down" while banging on his cell window.
Slade was also indicted for causing a riot inside a penal institution and obstruction of an officer.
A St. Louis man who has served time in a Georgia prison was indicted for shooting a person under 18 in the stomach Oct. 25. Prosecutors allege Jacques Cortez Smith, 24, shot Tyquan Oneal and assaulted Trevious White. Smith is also charged with first degree child cruelty and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and by a convicted felon.
According to Georgia Department of Corrections records, Smith served nearly a year in 2011 after being convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held in the Clayton County Jail on the new charges.
Cody Anthony Maduros, 28, of McDonough was indicted for arson in the first degree. Prosecutors said he set fire Dec. 15 to a man's house on Rivercrest Drive in Riverdale.
According to Georgia Department of Corrections records, Maduros was most recently released from prison in 2010 after serving about 18 months for drugs and burglary offenses in Henry County. He also served during 2006 and 2007 for similar offenses.
Maduros is being held in the Clayton County Jail.
A Conley man was indicted for hijacking a 2011 Infiniti M37 through the use of a gun, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and by a First Offender probationer.
William Xavier Frazier, 22, is being held on those charges in the Clayton County Jail. Prosecutors said he took the car July 18, 2012, from Michael Brunson. Frazier is being held in the Clayton County Jail.
All defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.