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Mother, boyfriend charged in child's death

Mother, boyfriend charged in child's death

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A Bartow County mother and her boyfriend have been charged in the death of the woman's 1-year-old child.

Brandy Ann Boyd, 25, and Austin Levi Payne, 24, were arrested late last week on charges of aggravated battery and cruelty to children. More charges are pending.

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Boyd's child stopped breathing and was rushed to Cartersville Medical Center. The child died in the emergency room, prompting an investigation.

Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap said an autopsy on the child's body revealed numerous injuries. Police searched the suspects' home and interviewed the couple before arresting them.

Bartow County family alleges police brutality

Bartow County family alleges police brutality

EMERSON, Ga. -- A Bartow County family is demanding the sheriff's office launch an investigation into what they say is a case of police brutality caught on tape.

Police arrested Michael West at his Emerson auto repair shop last Tuesday for charges of theft, obstruction of police officer and taking a police's officer's weapon.

But West's family says a video from his business tells a very different story.

In the video, West walks down the stairs of his business with his hands raised in an apparent attempt to surrender. Next, West can be seen lying flat on the floor as officers file past him.

West's daughter Angela says the video captures one of the officers stomping on her father's head as he walks past the prone suspect.

A booking photo obtained by 11Alive News shows West with his head bandaged and his face bruised.

The Bartow County Sheriff's Office says the arrest was handled by the agency's drug task force.

Man charged with DUI after almost hitting cops

Man charged with DUI after almost hitting cops

ACWORTH, Ga. -- A Cartersville man was slapped with several charges after driving drunk and nearly hitting two Cherokee County sheriff's deputies last week.

Police said 55-year-old William Scott Bently was arrested in the early morning hours of Oct. 17.

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Bently drove over a concrete median on Highway 92 near Bells Ferry Road in Acworth. He began going east in the westbound lanes, almost hitting a car with two deputies inside, according to Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker.

A wrecker driver witnessed the entire incident and quickly pulled his vehicle in front of Bently's car to prevent him from going further, Baker said.

Bently was charged with DUI, reckless driving, hit and run, and driving on the wrong side of the road. He was taken to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on $4,371 bond.

Couple charged with killing woman's daughter

Couple charged with killing woman's daughter

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A mother and her former boyfriend have been arrested in connection with the death of the woman's 17-month-old daughter.

Jamie Beck and Michael Naples were taken into custody Friday in Cherokee County. Both face charges of murder and cruelty to children.

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The victim, Kaylee Johnson, was found dead on Oct. 14, 2012 at the bottom of a basement staircase at a house on Red Bird Way in Woodstock.

Beck, 23, of Bartow County was staying at the house with Naples, 31. She told police she got up in the middle of the night for a glass of water and found her daughter unresponsive.

Teens charged with stealing cell phones

Teens charged with stealing cell phones

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Two young people have been arrested for robbing a Cartersville cell phone repair shop.

The robbery happened shortly before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cartersville Cellphone Repair on North Dixie Avenue.

Cartersville Police Capt. Mark Camp said one of the suspects was captured while running by the nearby Hobby Lobby. Police ultimately made two arrests in this case -- 17-year-old Malik Isaiah Goggins and an unidentified juvenile.

The cell phone repair shop's window was smashed in the robbery and a number of phones were taken, Camp said.

Both suspects have been charged with burglary. Camp said many of the stolen cell phones were recovered.

'Office creeper' arrested in N.C.

'Office creeper' arrested in N.C.

ATLANTA -- The man accused of stealing wallets from businesses across Georgia has finally been caught.

Antonio Hornsby, who was nicknamed the "officer creeper," was arrested Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C.

He is being held on $75,000 bond, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. Jail records list his hometown as Tampa, Fla.

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Man arrested for trying to meet underage girl at mall

Man arrested for trying to meet underage girl at mall

ROME, Ga. -- A man arrested at a north Georgia shopping mall allegedly went there to meet a young girl for sexual relations.

A report from the Floyd County Jail says 40-year-old Nathan Lee Claus of Cartersville is charged with child molestation and other sex-related counts.

Officers arrested Claus at the Mount Berry Square mall in Rome on Saturday.

Reports say he had gone there to meet a 14-year-old girl after sending her sexually explicit messages.

The jail report says the man had been communicating with the teenager since March 4.