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Hampton mother indicted in child’s death

JONESBORO — A Clayton County grand jury indicted a woman for murder and other felonies in the beating death of her daughter in 2012.

Nitara Kawona Gray, 26, of Hampton faces malice and felony murder, multiple counts of aggravated battery and child cruelty in the death of Aaliyah Gray Dec. 8, 2012.

Prosecutors allege the child suffered broken bones in her back, multiple fractures throughout her body and burns from being put in hot water. Gray is also charged with not getting the child medical help for her injuries, which police said were inflicted between Aug. 1, 2012, and her death.

Gray is being held in Clayton County Jail.

A Riverdale woman was indicted on human trafficking and prostitution charges involving a 14-year-old runaway from Columbus, Ga. Jessica McKenzie Washington, 26, is being held in Clayton County Jail on the charges stemming from her February 2013 arrest.

Washington was indicted Wednesday for trafficking a person for sexual servitude, enticing a child for indecent purposes, false imprisonment, rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation, pimping, keeping a place of prostitution and pandering.

Washington was arrested last year by Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents with Child Sex Trafficking Unit, which is part of the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit.

Police said Washington took in the girl who ran away from home Christmas Day 2012 and forced her to perform sex acts for money. Washington said she was paid $200 to house the girl until a bus ticket arrived.

A man already in prison and another who escaped murder charges in an unrelated case were indicted on 52 felony counts involving a series of alleged crimes reported in April, May and June.

Darion Cortez Brownlee, 22, of Riverdale was charged in 2012 with Cleo Roosevelt Hampton Jr. in the Jan. 21, 2011, shooting death of Jared Taylor. Police said the men stole more than $500 in cash from Taylor.

However, when the case came up in court, the state dropped all charges against Brownlee except theft by receiving stolen property. Hampton was convicted of murder and is serving life in prison.

Brownlee was indicted Wednesday with Trevor Lyndell Howard, 21, of Riverdale on multiple charges of aggravated assault, armed robbery, aggravated battery, false imprisonment, theft by taking and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and by a convicted felon and First Offender probationer.

Howard was locked up in state prison Sept. 24 on unrelated charges out of Fayette and Clayton counties. Brownlee is being held in Clayton County Jail.

Gina Renee Brown was indicted for aggravated assault, driving without a license or insurance, carrying a concealed weapon, reckless driving and reckless conduct, simple battery and failure to yield the right of way.

Police said Brown ran over Crystal Clark with her Lexus 400 June 10 on Norman Drive in College Park.

Tierra Samantha Thomas, 23, of Peachtree City is being held in Clayton County Jail on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Police said Thomas used a knife to steal a cell phone from someone May 31 and enlisted the help of two minors during the alleged crime.

Willard Brown was indicted for two counts of child molestation, cruelty to children in the first degree and enticing a child for indecent purposes in an Aug. 17 alleged incident.

Marcus Antwan Powell was indicted for taking more than $4,000 in unemployment benefits from Aug. 27, 2011, to Aug. 4, 2012.

Four defendants face charges in a June 24 alleged incident. Prosecutors said John Richard Whitfield, Dominique Xavion Shell, Laramie Bonnell Ford and Alonte Rashad Thomas broke into a home with the intent to beat two minors living there.

They are charged with burglary in the first degree, child cruelty in the first degree, battery, criminal trespass and cruelty to children in the third degree.

All defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.