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Grandma who fought for custody of slain seven-year-old Bronx girl speaks out

The grandmother who fought fiercely to retain custody of a seven-year-old girl who was murdered last year has said the girl should never have been placed in her mother’s care.

On Wednesday, Navasia Jones, 36, and her 17-year-old son Paul Fine Jr. accused of murdering Jone’s seven-year-old daughter Julissia Batties in their Bronx apartment last August.

Julissia’s paternal grandmother, Yolanda Davis, had cared for the girl for most of her short life and was embroiled in a bitter custody dispute with Jones, who regained custody of the child shortly before her death, despite the girl’s desperate pleas for help. not to return.

“I fought hard for my granddaughter all along,” Davis told reporters after the arrests. “I’ve fought for many days, been attacked by agents, but I say today that I was happy that there is justice.”

“Thank god I got justice for my granddaughter. She deserves it, she really deserves it, and God gave justice,” the grandmother added in an interview with DailyMail.com outside the arraignment. “I’ve been waiting for this day for ten months.”

Julissia Batties, seven, died last August in the care of her mother and half-brother in the Bronx.  After a 10-month investigation, the mother and brother are now charged with her murder

Julissia Batties, seven, died last August in the care of her mother and half-brother in the Bronx. After a 10-month investigation, the mother and brother are now charged with her murder

Navasia Jones, 36

Paul Fine Jr

On Wednesday, Navasia Jones, 36, (left) and her 17-year-old son Paul Fine Jr (right) were charged with murdering Jone’s seven-year-old daughter Julissia Batties

Fine Jr would have confessed to hitting the girl all over her body and was also accused of sexually abusing the girl, his half-sister

Fine Jr would have confessed to hitting the girl all over her body and was also accused of sexually abusing the girl, his half-sister

Prosecutors say Julissia was brutally beaten and abused for a period of two days while in the care of Jones and Fine Jr prior to her death on August 10, 2021.

Fine Jr would have confessed to hitting the girl all over her body and was also accused of sexually abusing the girl, his half-sister.

After Julissia’s father, Julius Batties, saw the teen escorted to court in handcuffs, he told DailyMail.com, “I want him locked up for what he did.”

“This is a horrific, disturbing case of cruelty and harshness,” said Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark.

‘The investigation showed that Julissia failed during her short life. The signs of her torment were there, but they were not acted upon,” the prosecutor added.

“Our condolences to Julissia’s father and grandmother, who are still shocked at the loss of this beautiful little girl.”

During a press conference, Clark revealed sickening details of the investigation.

According to the investigation, Julissia suffered and died for three hours before her mother finally called 911 at 8:06 a.m. on August 10, 2021, after being urged to do so by a relative.

When the first responders arrived, Julissia had no pulse and no vital signs. The child was taken to Lincoln Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Julissia's grandmother Yolanda Davis

The victim's father, Julius Batties

Julissia’s grandmother Yolanda Davis (left) and father Julius Batties (right) praised the arrest of Jones and Fine Jr in the young girl’s death

After seeing Fine Jr being escorted to court in handcuffs, Julissia's father Julius Batties (with her above) told DailyMail.com: 'I want him locked up for what he did'

After seeing Fine Jr being escorted to court in handcuffs, Julissia’s father Julius Batties (with her above) told DailyMail.com: ‘I want him locked up for what he did’

On August 13, 2021, a memorial was erected in the Mitchel Houses in the Bronx to 7-year-old Julissia Batties.  The girl's lifeless body was discovered in her mother's apartment

On August 13, 2021, a memorial was erected in the Mitchel Houses in the Bronx to 7-year-old Julissia Batties. The girl’s lifeless body was discovered in her mother’s apartment

The girl’s mother and half-brother claimed that Julissia had fallen at 5 a.m. that day after vomiting and urinating on herself, falling against various objects and on the floor and injuring herself.

Prosecutors say the injuries to the little girl’s body show those claims are false.

The Chief Medical Examiner’s office determined that the child died of manslaughter caused by blunt force trauma to her abdomen, and concluded that she was beaten with enough force to cause her internal organs to rupture and bleed.

The ME determined that the bruises on Julissia’s face were probably caused by a fist or hand.

There were further injuries, visible bruises, marks and scratches on Julissia’s body, including both wrists, her collarbone, thigh and mouth.

The child had injuries consistent with assault, which were inflicted after Julissia was punched in the stomach.

A police source told the New York Post The girl’s autopsy revealed that she had been sodomized.

On Wednesday, Jones and Fine, Jr. taken into custody at approximately 9:30 a.m. by officers from New York City’s 40th district.

The teenage brother of the murdered 7-year-old in the Bronx, Paul Fine Jr.  allegedly admitted to assaulting his sister, Julissia Batties

The teenage brother of the murdered 7-year-old in the Bronx, Paul Fine Jr. allegedly admitted to assaulting his sister, Julissia Batties

Father Julius Batties is seen at the arraignment of Paul Fine Jr, who allegedly killed his daughter Julissia Batties

Father Julius Batties is seen at the arraignment of Paul Fine Jr, who allegedly killed his daughter Julissia Batties

The father wore a shirt with a tribute to his daughter, who was murdered last August

The father wore a shirt with a tribute to his daughter, who was murdered last August

Grieving father Julius Batties (second from right) attends the Bronx District Attorney's press conference announcing the charges against Jones and Fine Jr.

Grieving father Julius Batties (second from right) attends the Bronx District Attorney’s press conference announcing the charges against Jones and Fine Jr.

As she was escorted out of the police station, Jones snapped at a reporter who denied the charges and said, “I didn’t kill my daughter, b***h.”

Jones and Fine Jr are now both charged with murder, manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.

Fine Jr was additionally charged with first-degree assault and first-degree sexual assault.

Both are being held without bond, and it was unclear if they had lawyers to speak on their behalf. Jones is due to appear in court on September 12, and Fine Jr. will appear on July 5.

Outside of the arraignment, grandmother Yolanda Davis told DailyMail.com she was “very happy” to see Jones and Fine Jr in custody after a lengthy 10-month investigation.

“One last thing my granddaughter said to me was ‘we win,'” she said, recalling one of her last interactions with Julissia. “And we’ll definitely win.”

Prior to Julissia’s murder, police had been called to NYCHA’s Mitchel Houses apartment on Alexander Avenue at least six times in the past three years, sources said, and on one of those times the mother covered up her son, the New York Post reported.

Davis has said Jones has seven other children, and the city has taken each of her seven children from her at some point.

She fought alongside a court-appointed lawyer, but in June 2021, the city council for child services Julissia returned to live with her mother.

It would go unattended for the first time, and Julissia was murdered less than two months later, the Post reported.

The girl’s father, Julius, felt that ACS abandoned him and his daughter by handing over the child to the mother, who allegedly abused her, the Post previously reported.

At the time, an ACP spokesperson said, “Our top priority is to protect the safety and well-being of all children in New York City. We are investigating this matter with the NYPD.”

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