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Bartow Sheriff: Charges Upgraded to Murder in Death of Journey Ann Cowart, 1

Brandy Ann Boyd, 25, and her boyfriend, Austin Levi Payne, 24, have been charged with the murder of Boyd's 1-year-old daughter.

Brandy Ann Boyd, 25, and Austin Levi Payne, 24. Photos: Bartow County Sheriff's Office
Brandy Ann Boyd, 25, and Austin Levi Payne, 24. Photos: Bartow County Sheriff's Office
A Cartersville couple held responsible for the death of the mother''s 1-year-old baby have had their charges upgraded to murder on Monday.

Brandy Ann Boyd, 25, and her boyfriend, Austin Levi Payne, 24, have been sitting in the Bartow County since Jan. 24, when they were arrested and charged with aggravated battery and first-degree cruelty to children in the death of 1-year-old Journey Ann Cowart.

On Jan. 21, Journey died at Cartersville Medical Center after being taken to the emergency room not breathing.

Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday that Journey was beaten to death, with "a fractured skull, blunt force trauma to the stomach." The sheriff also told the paper that there was evidence of previous abuse.

Journey's funeral was held Monday at The Church at Liberty Square in Cartersville.

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ray jay February 03, 2014 at 07:40 PM
I hope bcsd look into a connection to the death of the man found in Etowah river who was the father of this baby.
Phyllis Colmar February 04, 2014 at 09:48 AM
I am thrilled to see GA finally caring about these children. This is a crime that deserves the death penalty. Perhaps it will give these sub humans pause before they kill. In any case we will be rid of them and protect the truly innocent in our world. I feel the same about animal abusers. This is where they usually begin their deeds of abuse and we are far too lenient on these crimes.these people give cowardly a whole new meaning.
Motherof3 February 26, 2014 at 07:04 AM
Does anyone have an update on either monster? I heard she has a bond hearing on March 4 2014.

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