Mom and stepdad charged after 3-year-old girl dies from beating and rape

Janiyah Armanie Brooks (Image Source: Facebook/Albany Police Dept.)

So far in 2019, the public has seen an increase in the cases involving the abuse of children in the national news cycle. Unfortunately, in Georgia, the life of another child is lost after another incident of horrific abuse.

Janiyah Armanie Brooks, 3, died after a brutal assault and now her stepfather and mother are in an Albany, Georgia jail.

Gregory Parker and Crystal Brooks (Image Source: Albany Police Dept.)

According to police, Janiyah was rushed to the hospital on May 13, 2019, when officers responded to a 911 call of an unresponsive child. The hospital staff was shocked at the injuries new and old on the toddler’s body. Janiyah’s hands were swollen and she had injuries to her vaginal area and ribs, as well as blunt force injuries to her head.

She was on a ventilator until she died at an Atlanta hospital on Sunday, May 19, 2019.

The Albany Police Department called Janiyah’s murder a “heinous” crime and announced the arrest of Gregory Parker, 20, who has been identified as the child’s stepfather. Parker was charged with aggravated molestation, rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated battery and first-degree cruelty to children.

In addition, police have also arrested  Janiyah’s mother Crystal Brooks, 19, who police believe was present and aware of the abuse against her daughter. She has been charged with aggravated battery, battery, cruelty to children and giving a false statement.

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Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.