AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) — UPDATE: 37-year-old Clarence Arkee Brown has been arrested and charged with murder and cruelty to children.
Brown, the boyfriend of Jasmine Camp was arrested after new evidence and information were obtained by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
No further details are being released at this time.
Stay tuned to WJBF NewsChannel 6 for more information on this developing investigation.
A young boy is dead and his mother behind bars. 32-year-old Jasmine Camp is charged with the murder of her 12-year-old son, Derrick Camp.
Now, The Richmond County Coroner’s Office is investigating what happened.
Jasmine Camp on a 911 call: “He fell out of the bunk bed. He was, like, having a seizure, falling out the bunk bed, flopping around, and then he just went unresponsive. Derrick!”
The warrant for Jasmine Camp’s arrest says that because she found nude photos on his phone, Camp allegedly beat her son Derrick with a belt, slammed his head into a door frame, and made him do squats against a wall for 30 minutes. The mother claimed later that evening, he fell off his bunk bed and hit his head. He was rushed to the hospital where he later died.
Jasmine Camp on a 911 call: “He’s not breathing. Come on, please, we need an ambulance, hit him in his chest.
Operator: “Don’t hit him in his chest. Is he not breathing at all?
Jasmine: “No, ma’am.”
Operator: “If he is not breathing, then you need to lay him flat on his back.”
According to Coroner Mark Bowen, the child had several healing injuries indicating prior abuse. Child counselors say, its cases like this one that causes them to worry during this pandemic.
“Since children been away from mandated reporters, we are expecting when they return; we will being seeing a lot of cases,” explained Caitlyn Brantley.
Brantley is the Child Advocacy Director for Child Enrichment Inc. She says the COVID-19 pandemic has caused reports of child abuse cases to slow down. The stressors of remote working, strict social ordinances and uncertainty can cause tempers to flare.
“It may not be likely that we are going to reenter to have large groups together,” said Brantley. “With isolation and other guidelines, children and families are at risk for more of these incidents.”
Brantley says family members and neighbors can help by paying attention to families in stress. She says folks should recognize the signs of abuse and react responsibly to minimize opportunity.
“Although we get contacted by the law enforcement or the department of family and children services primarily, families can still reach out to us if they have any questions,” said Brantley.
More than four children die daily due to child abuse. Derrick’s body has been sent to the GBI for an autopsy.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The Richmond County Coroner is investigating the death of a young boy.
Coroner Mark Bowen states that 12-year-old Derrick Camp was taken to AU Medical Center by EMS where he was pronounced dead at 9:22 p.m. Sunday
According to an incident report supplied by the RCSO, the child’s mother, Jasmine Camp said after finding nude selfies on the victim’s phone she whipped him several times with a belt.
She also made Derrick do squats against the wall for a full 30 minutes.
Jasmine said she then went to the store, when she returned she found Derrick had fallen off the bunk bed and “hit his head.” She says Derrick’s chest began to swell and he was having trouble breathing.
Jasmine said she contacted a neighbor to ask for a ride to the nearest hospital. EMS met them half way.
Derrick was taken to AUMC, where he was placed on life support and later died.
His body has been sent to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy.
Jasmine Camp has been arrested and charged with Murder.
This is a developing story.
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