Woman indicted for beating mother, dumping child

By Kathy Jefcoats


JONESBORO — A College Park woman has been indicted for allegedly beating her mother and abandoning her young daughter in the woods near I-75.

Jan Betha Anderson, 30, of Garden Walk, is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail. She was indicted Wednesday on charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, reckless conduct and child cruelty in the second and third degrees.

Prosecutors said Anderson beat her mother, Betty Reeves, in the head and face with a vase, seriously disfiguring her, March 16. Prosecutors said Anderson's young daughter witnessed the alleged attack.

The day before, police said Anderson drove her 4-year-old daughter out I-75, hoisted her over a separation wall and left her in a wooded area.

Police searched by land and air before finding her several hours later. The child was turned over to her father, said police.

Dexter Lavile New, 51, of Atlanta was indicted on multiple rape, incest, false imprisonment and aggravated sodomy charges. He is being held in the Clayton County Jail.

Prosecutors said New took a female relative to a hotel Aug. 19 and Sept. 22 and held her against her will while sexually assaulting her.

A convicted felon who served six prison terms from 1995 to 2009 has been indicted for felony shoplifting and aggravated assault. Prosecutors said Burgess Lopez Crawford, 35, took a hair weave Aug. 16, 2011. and tried to hit Je Park with his car.

Crawford's previous convictions include drug possession, shoplifting and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

All defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.