A 28-year-old Clayton County woman is charged with killing her girlfriend's 4-year-daughter by beating her in the head, while police say the girl's mother also played a role in the child's death.
Police found Jamila Hart, 4, not breathing when they arrived at a home in River Ridge Apartments on Roberts Drive in Riverdale on Aug. 24. The child's mother, Danielle Renee Hart, 24, and girlfriend Shardae Michelle Glover, 28, were both arrested on cruelty to children charges involving two other small children found in the apartment, according to WSB.
But on Friday, Clayton County police upgraded charges against Glover (top photo) to murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery. She remains in the Clayton County Jail without bond.
Hart (second photo) was granted $42,000 bond but remains jailed on two counts of cruelty to children and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The severity of Jamila Hart's injuries shocked even investigators, according to CBS 46.
“This is always incredibly difficult for us, our investigators, our first responders on the scene,” said Jaquitta Williams, a spokesperson for the Clayton County Police Department. “When you go to a home and there is a child that is that small, we're talking about 4 years old, who had such severe bruises about her head and about her body, it's heartbreaking.”
When neighbors tried to revive Jamila Hart, they said Glover was more concerned with being arrested. Once in custody she attempted suicide, WSB reports.
“And the mother’s girlfriend … was like, ‘I’m going to jail. I’m going to jail,’ ” Cherry recalled.
“All you could hear is, ‘I don’t want to go to jail. I don’t want to go to jail,’ ” William Johnson, another neighbor who also tried to save the little girl, told the television station.
The two toddlers found in the house were taken into state custody, according to the AJC.