The couple has been held in the Bartow County jail without bond since the arrests. But the charges were upgraded following an autopsy, Millsap said Monday. Neither the sheriff’s office nor the Division of Family and Children’s Services had previously investigated abuse allegations involving Boyd or Payne, Millsap said.
“I love what I do, but that’s the part that makes it hard,” Millsap said. “This little girl has no more chances. She’s out. Rest in peace.”
Journey’s father, Blake Cowart, was found dead in the Etowah River last May, more than a month after he was reported missing.
The funeral for Journey was held Monday afternoon at the Church at Liberty Square in Cartersville. Parnick Jennings Funeral Home handled arrangements.