Five women – including one accused of beating a boy to death for eating a cupcake – face multiple charges after allegedly assaulting two other women inside the Fulton County Jail. Four of the seven women involved await trial on murder charges.
Shykeria Lashae Alford, 21; Naya-Michelle Hunter, 18; Asia Rogers, 21; Kamara Wheeler, 36; and LaShirley Morris, 27, each face two counts of battery and unlawful acts of violence in a penal institution in the Feb. 9 attack.
Last week, a grand jury indicted the women in the attack that left Litzi Ryuz-Paz and Trineen Williams badly beaten, according Fulton County court records.
Ryuz-Paz and Williams were booked on separate felony charges at the time of the incident. They were taken to Grady Memorial hospital suffering from facial bruises and blunt force trauma. Their current medical conditions have not been released.
“The ladies live in the the same pod, so it’s unclear how well they knew each other,” a spokesperson with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said. “It’s a communal space.”
The jail report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution does not say what led to the attack. The victims — who had been in the jail a week — allege their attackers rushed into their cell and began beating and stomping on them. A sergeant on duty at the jail said the beating was gang-related, according to Fulton court documents.
Hunter and Rogers have known gang-affiliations, police said.
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Hunter and Rogers admitted to authorities they were fighting, the report says. Alford told police she fought an inmate with pink nails who was looking at her, called out her name and got confrontational.
“She got loud and pushed me,” Alford said in a statement to authorities. “I pushed her back, she punched me and I punched her back.”
Morris and Wheeler told officers they were trying to break up the fight, but charges were filed against them after officers noticed they had red knuckles.
Morris and her sister Glenndria Morris were already in jail in connection with a 3-year-old boy's killing. In that case, LaShirley Morris is accused of beating 3-year-old Kejuan Mason with a baseball bat as punishment for eating a cupcake. He died from blunt force trauma.
Because she did not intervene during the fatal beating, Glenndria Morris also faces second-degree murder and second-degree child cruelty charges, according court records. Jury selection in their case begins March 5.
Alford and Wheeler are in the jail on separate murder charges. According to online court records, Alford’s trial was scheduled to begin March 12.
Hunter and Rogers are in jail on unrelated cases. Hunter faces an attempted murder charge. Rogers was jailed on aggravated assault, armed robbery, kidnapping and weapons charges.
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