WhatsNew2Day
Latest News And Breaking Headlines

Mother and teenage brother of seven-year-old girl found beaten to death are arrested for murder

A Bronx mother and her teenage son are arrested in the barbaric murder of a seven-year-old girl who was tortured, beaten and sexually assaulted under their care.

Navasia Jones, 36, and her 18-year-old son Paul Fine, Jr., of Brooklyn were charged with the murder and manslaughter of seven-year-old Julissia Batties, according to an NYPD spokesperson.

Julissia’s parents were engaged in a vicious custody battle, and the little girl had lived with her grandmother.

Before her death, the helpless girl cried and begged her grandmother not to send her to her mother’s house for her court-ordered weekend visit. The New York Post reported.

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

Jones is now charged with murder, manslaughter, conduct harmful to a child and failing to control a minor.

Her teenage son is accused of homicide, sexual abuse and behavior that is harmful to a child.

Julissia Batties, 7, was murdered by her mother and brother in the summer of 2021 in the Bronx apartment of the girl's mother, Navasia Jones, and her teenage brother, Paul Fine

Julissia Batties, 7, was murdered by her mother and brother in the summer of 2021 in the Bronx apartment of the girl’s mother, Navasia Jones, and her teenage brother, Paul Fine

Navasia Jones, 36, is charged with murder, manslaughter, acting in a manner harmful to a child and failing to exercise control over a minor

Paul Fine, Jr., 18, charged with manslaughter, sexual abuse and conduct harmful to a child

The mother and son couple were taken into custody Wednesday morning by agents of the 40th Precinct for the beating of the death of Julissia Batties, 7, in their Bronx apartment in August 2021.

The horrific crime took place on August 10, 2021, when police responded to a 911 call from an unconscious woman at the Bronx apartment on Laverne Avenue at around 8:06 am.

Upon arrival, the responding officers met EMS, which had attempted to provide life-saving care to the youngster.

Julissia’s mother told police that her daughter had fallen and hit her head on a desk around 5 a.m., and three hours later she started vomiting.

However, police saw bruises and injuries all over little Julissia’s body, officials said. The New York Times previously reported.

She was transported to NYC Health and Hospital in Lincoln, where she died shortly after.

julissia died of “blunt abdominal trauma,” and the case was labeled manslaughter, according to the city’s coroner’s office, The New York Post previously reported.

During the investigation, Julissia's half-brother admitted to assaulting his sister before she was found dead in the Bronx apartment, police sources said Wednesday.

During the investigation, Julissia’s half-brother admitted to assaulting his sister before she was found dead in the Bronx apartment, police sources said Wednesday.

Julissia's mother told police that her daughter had fallen and hit her head on a desk around 5 a.m., and three hours later she started vomiting.  However, police saw bruises and injuries all over little Julissia's body, officials said, The New York Times previously reported.

Julissia’s mother told police that her daughter had fallen and hit her head on a desk around 5 a.m., and three hours later she started vomiting. However, police saw bruises and injuries all over little Julissia’s body, officials said, The New York Times previously reported.

A day after Julissia Batties died, a makeshift memorial to the girl was placed in the lobby of the Bronx apartment building where she lived.

A day after Julissia Batties died, a makeshift memorial to the girl was placed in the lobby of the Bronx apartment building where she lived.

Yolanda Davis, Julissia’s grandmother, who had cared for her granddaughter, waited for this moment of reckoning.

“I’m just so glad I’m getting justice for my granddaughter,” Davis said.

She added: “Oh my gosh, I’ve never felt so good,” she told The New York Post.

Julissia’s father Julius Batties was delighted with their arrest and expressed his gratitude to the prosecutor and the detective.

Batties said in part, “I can finally start the healing process,” he said, The Post reported.

Fine had also confessed to punching his sister in the face eight times when their mother went to the store, police sources said.

Police have 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 her son, a report said.

Davis said Jones has seven other children, and the city took each of her seven children from her at one point, a report said.

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 was abandoning him and his daughter by handing over the child to the mother, who allegedly abused her, The New York 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,” the report said.

An exterior photo of the Mitchel Housing projects in the Bronx where Julissia was murdered

An exterior photo of the Mitchel Housing projects in the Bronx where Julissia was murdered

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More