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Murder Indictment: Paulding Father Faces Life Without Parole in Death of Son, 12

Shayaa Forbes is accused of ‘repeatedly biting’ and beating Eric Forbes in October.

Shayaa Yusef Forbes
Shayaa Yusef Forbes

A Paulding County father was indicted Monday for murder in the October death of his 12-year-old son.

WSB-TV reported Shayaa Forbes was indicted by a grand jury on several charges, including three counts of murder in the death of Eric Forbes, 12, on Oct. 11, 2013.

The elder Forbes is facing a life sentence without parole.

The indictment accuses the father of long-term abuse of Eric, including “repeatedly biting” the boy. Results of a GBI autopsy in October pointed to the suspected abuse, and the boy’s death was ruled a homicide.

On Oct. 11, Paulding sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported drowning at 181 North Springs Drive near Acworth and found Eric unconscious. The father said the boy had drowned. Eric was pronounced dead at Paulding Wellstar Hospital.

Deputies determined the boy had been abused. Shayaa Forbes was immediately arrested and charged with child cruelty. A murder charge was added less than a week later after preliminary results of the autopsy.

In the indictment, prosecutors said the father also beat his son with a belt, wooden paddle and his fists, according to the TV station’s report.

Forbes has been free on bail since earlier this month.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Forbes was released on April 17 after posting a $25,000 bond, lowered from $30,000. He had been in the county jail without an indictment since his October arrest. Forbes has been living with his girlfriend in Kennesaw since his release, the newspaper reported.

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Octo Slash April 30, 2014 at 08:35 AM
Wait a minute....is this waste of oxygen in custody now or not? This article states that he's under indictment now, but that he bonded out earlier this month. Where in hell is he?
Lone Stranger April 30, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Im confused. I just read a post on another article where a guy says this all the Tea Party and white peoples fault. Now I see this gentleman and it appears by all indications he has broken the law but he's a black guy. Im confused. I was under the impression that there were really horrible nasty people in all races, creeds, and colors. Hmmmmm....all that stuff I learned in public school must have been BS eh? Oh...what am I thinking?? Geez. I didnt have common core. I should just go back to the assisted living home and have another enema.
J. W. MacMahon April 30, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Your are so full of FECES, you OBVIOUSLY need SEVERAL enemas!!!

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