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Forest Park man indicted in child's death

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — A Clayton County grand jury has indicted a Forest Park man in the March 2012 beating death of his child.

Marlon Tyjuawnn Jones, 38, of Kennesaw Drive was indicted on three counts of felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, child cruelty and contributing to the deprivation of a minor. Police said Jones refused to get medical treatment for Jania Parker-Jones after he allegedly fractured her skull.

Police said Jones was baby-sitting the girl, born March 11, 2011, the day before her first birthday, when he said he dropped her. Police said Jones told them she hit her head on the wall outside his bedroom door. She allegedly cried and began vomiting but Jones did not get medical help for her, said police.

He also allegedly told police he was intoxicated at the time. An autopsy did not bear out his acount of her injuries, said police, and he was arrested in September

In other indictments:

• Eric Harold Martin, 33, of College Park and Seth Augustus Gaddist, 32, of Riverdale faces charges of first degree burglary, criminal damage to property in the second degree and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

Police said the pair broke into a Riverdale home Dec. 8 and damaged the walls and ceilings to get to pipes.

They are being held in the Clayton County Jail.

• William Reese Anderson, 28, of East Point was indicted for aggravated assault, terroristic threats, battery under the Family Violence Act, child cruelty and criminal trespass. Police said he threw a brick at a woman's car, punched her in the face and kicked her front door off the frame.

He is being held in the Clayton County Jail.

• Jarone Jaylen Denovious Whitaker, 18, of Jonesboro and Domenic Octavius Callaway, 24, of Jonesboro were indicted in the Oct. 21 shooting of Leon Poole. Both are charged with two counts of aggravated assault, armed robbery, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Callaway is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Both are being held in the Clayton County Jail.

• An Atlanta man already in the Clayton County Jail on murder charges has been indicted for his part in trying to have someone else killed. Prosecutors allege that Denirio Perrell Cunningham, 20, and Jasmine Kenyatta Williams, 20, of Illinois talked about the alleged scheme in recorded calls from September 19 to Oct. 23. Cunningham was locked up in the Clayton County Jail on murder charges stemming from a June home invasion where David Rucker, 25, was shot and killed.

Prosecutors allege the two talked about getting another person to help in killing Keith Alexander. The two face charges of criminal attempted murder and criminal solicitation

The pair and Tavarian Derrell Worthy, 24, of Riverdale were also indicted for conspiracy to commit murder.

• Pablo Zepeda, 28, of Ellenwood was indicted in a June 29 aggravated assault of his wife. Prosecutors said he intended to kill her by choking her. He is being held in the Clayton County Jail on charges of aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act, burglary of her Rex home, battery for beating her in the face, simple batter for hitting her arm and criminal trespass, said prosecutors.

• Laqavius Bernard Whitehead was indicted for aggravated assault, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime and several violations of the Family Violence Act during an alleged March 17 attack. Police said Whitehead bit and punched a woman's face during an altercation.

• Eric Jerome Moore was indicted for terroristic threats, obstruction of an officer and inciting a riot. Police said Moore threatened to kill a police officer and refused to leave a public area while yelling obscenities toward officers Dec. 17, 2011.

• Nekisha Leann Eschman was indicted for making false statements, false report of a crime, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to maintain lane, driving on the wrong side of the road and removing a license plate to conceal the identity of a vehicle. Police said Eschman was involved in an accident Feb. 10, 2012, on Mt. Zion Boulevard in her Chevrolet Tahoe.

However, she allegedly told police her vehicle had been stolen.

• Fabain Leon Gaither was indicted for theft by receiving stolen property and giving false information to a metal recycling business. Police said he took a Dodge Durango truck to United Recycling Sept. 27, 2011, which he knew was stolen. Police said he sold the truck for scrap for $632.80.

• David Eugene Davis was indicted for first degree child cruelty and battery under the Family Violence Act. Police said Davis beat his stepson with a belt on his back and legs March 10. Davis also allegedly burned the child's wrist with a cigarette.

All defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.