A 3-year-old girl in Georgia died days after being beaten and sexually assaulted at the hands of her mother and stepfather, police said.
WALB reported that Janiyah Armanie Brooks died Saturday afternoon, a week after authorities found her unresponsive at her home. Albany police said she suffered injuries to her genital area, ribs, hands, and unknown trauma to her head.
Brooks was reportedly on a ventilator before her death. Police said their investigation revealed that she had been abused and sexually assaulted.
WSB-TV reported that the girl’s mother and stepfather, Crystal Brooks, 19, and Gregory Parker, 20, had called police to the home but didn’t disclose the nature of her injuries.
Parker, who allegedly only told officers the toddler was unconscious, was arrested Friday and charged with child molestation, rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated battery, battery, and first-degree cruelty to children.
WXIA reported that the mother was arrested after police questioned her and learned she was aware of—and witnessed—Parker abusing her toddler daughter. She’s charged with aggravated battery, battery, first-degree cruelty to children, and giving a false statement.
The agency’s family protection unit and Georgia Division of Family and Children Services discovered that this isn’t the first time Janiyah’s been injured. Further, police said an exam revealed evidence of old wounds, according to WSB-TV.
Charges against the pair will likely be upgraded in light of the 3-year-old’s death. Police said their investigation is ongoing.
[Featured image: Janiyah Armanie Brooks/Albany Police Department]