by: Diana Davis Updated:
BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. - A Bartow County couple now is facing felony murder charges in the death of a 1-year-old girl from last month.
“It’s very heartbreaking,” Millsap said.
The Sheriff's Office says Journey Ann Cowart was beaten to death by her mother and boyfriend and that the beating that killed her two weeks ago was not the first.
“A fractured skull, blunt
Brandy Ann Boyd and Austin Payne were initially charged with cruelty to children and aggravated battery.
Based on the autopsy, the charges have been upgraded. The pair is now charged with felony murder.
“The medical examiner says this appears to be the worst she has ever seen,” Millsap told Davis. “It’s a systematically, six to seven months of abuse on this young child.”
The child's father drowned last April. The
Investigators said they had not received reports of child abuse in the home from either the Division of
If the allegations are proved true, the sheriff told Davis it will be the one of the worst cases of child abuse he’s seen in his career.
“I love what I do, but that's the part that makes it hard, especially this little girl has no more chances. She's out. Rest in peace,” Millsap said.
The sheriff said the case remains open. He said it is possible the charges in this case could be upgraded again to malice murder.