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Old 12-04-2003, 08:10 AM   #1
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Normal when you look at the world..what is it u see..sadness..

Police: Parents beat daughter to death with umbrella
Wednesday, December 3, 2003 Posted: 7:42 PM EST (0042 GMT)

Joella Reaves, 11, was beaten to death by her parents, police say.

When she attempted to escape, she was hogtied. She was left with no food or water or sanitary or sleeping necessities.
-- Arrest warrant

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- An 11-year-old girl's parents tied her up in the garage, starved the child and beat her with an umbrella until she died during the Thanksgiving holiday, police said.

The sixth-grader tried to escape her home in Stockbridge just south of Atlanta, but she was only punished more severely -- she was left without food, water, a bathroom or a bed, police said.

The girl's father, 37-year-old Rodney Michael Reaves, and her stepmother, 38-year-old Charlott Lynett Reaves, were arrested Monday and charged with felony murder and cruelty to children.

The girl, Joella Reaves, was beaten over her entire body with an umbrella and paddle for several days, according to the arrest warrant. Her cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma.

"When she attempted to escape, she was hogtied. She was left with no food or water or sanitary or sleeping necessities," the warrant said.

Joella was being punished by her parents, according to the warrant. Police, attorneys and child welfare officials would not say what she had done to anger her parents.

The father made the 911 call for help Monday morning, said Lt. Joe Tammaro of Henry County police. Joella was dead when emergency workers arrived.

"She made very good grades. She was a very personable student," said Jim Davis, principal at Eagle's Landing Middle School. "She had her circle of friends, she was relatively quiet."

Rodney Reaves, a gunner's mate on the USS Wasp based in Norfolk, Virginia, said he is innocent, said his attorney, Bruce Harvey.

"Mr. Reaves absolutely denies any liability for the tragic death of his daughter," Harvey said. "We categorically deny that."

Charlott and Rodney Reaves are charged in their daughter's death.
Harvey declined comment about events leading to the girl's death.

An attorney for Charlott Reaves, Michael Antoniolli, said it is too soon to make a statement. Charlott Reaves works as a vascular ultrasound technician at a hospital.

The Reaves family has no history of child abuse, said Phyllis Shrader, director of the Henry County Department of Family and Children's Services. Joella's brother was put in state custody.


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Old 12-04-2003, 08:15 AM   #2
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Oh God

People should have to have a license to have children, I swear

At least she's w/ God now, w/ someone who will LOVE her, and doesn't have to suffer anymore. Obviously she should still be alive, I certainly don't mean to suggest otherwise. God Bless Joella

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How dreadful.
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Originally posted by MrsSpringsteen
People should have to have a license to have children, I swear
The seems SO true when you see the number of activities that require a license or a permit.

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That's just...wow... ...

How can someone look at a child and want to hurt them like that? It just baffles me.

I hope these "people" get put away for a long time.

And may this sweet little girl rest in peace.

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