New Candidate for "WORST Boyfriend of 2017!" You Won't Believe What This Man Did to his GF's 4-year-old daughter…By: Monya Fleming
Police officers were called to Timber Commons Lane in Charlotte, South Carolina on Christmas Eve at around 9:29 p.m. Saturday to a report of an unresponsive child. The 4-year-old girl, who was later identified as Mariya Owens, was transported to Matthews Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. A medical examiner determined that Mariya Owens died because she was physically assaulted. Police arrested her mother's boyfriend Demarcus Heath, 26, Tuesday.
The aunt of the 4-year-old girl, Antrinette Pharr, has revealed that she had warned the Department of Social Services about suspected abuse involving the little girl and her sisters. Pharr claims she even had custody of Mariya, her twin sister, and their older sister for a short time.
Antrinette reveals she has had trouble sleeping and feels numb, especially in pain because she feared something happening to her nieces. Pharr said, "I'm like devastated. I think I've cried so much I don't even cry anymore."
Pharr revealed that she warned child protective services about possible concerns for the children while under the care of their mother.
Court documents obtained by Channel 9 show Pharr was the guardian for Mariya and her siblings for around three years. Pharr said this fall a judge granted Mariya's biological mother custody, despite warnings to the DSS about the potential for abuse.
Pharr believes others should be charged in little Mariya's death and had some stern words for her sister's boyfriend. She stated, "He has his day because (there are) people that do not play with you harming kids, so I hope he can beat a grown man like that."
DSS director Peggy Eagan could not discuss case specifics but did state, "Judges have to decide that children come out homes and judges have to decide that children go back to homes."
Eagan adds, "We have to rely on our own judgment, on our experience, but unfortunately we don't have a crystal ball and if he had a crystal ball, no child would ever be hurt."
The Medical Examiner's Office discovered that the little girl died after being physically assaulted.
Demarcus Heath was voluntarily interviewed by homicide detectives and arrested Tuesday. He was taken to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.
Heath made his first court appearance Wednesday. He's being held in jail without bond and has been appointed a public defender.
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