Woman beaten in home burglary

By: Katie Beasley Email
By: Katie Beasley Email

News 12 First at Five, March 25, 2009

GROVETOWN, Ga.---It's a brutal attack that started as a home burglary. It happened sometime before 9:00 this morning on Hot Springs Drive, just off Columbia Road.

The victim came home from taking her kids to school and found someone in her house, then they attacked her. Neighbors in this normally quiet and safe neighborhood are shocked.

Investigators aren't sure whether or not the burglary in progress was random or not. While they look for clues, neighbors are on edge.

It's your average, every day street but today, it's a crime scene. Investigators say a home burglary turned violent when 41-year old Laverne Parsons, who goes by the name Kay, came home from taking her son to school.

"It appears that the homeowner surprised the burglar. This was a burglary in progress when she came home she was attacked. She was seriously injured," says Columbia County Sheriff's Captain Steve Morris.

Neighbors who live in this quiet neighborhood in Grovetown don't know what to think. "It really is shocking, it's a tight neighborhood everybody kinda knows everybody. I've never even heard of a burglary in this neighborhood," says a concerned neighbor who wished to keep his name private.

But investigators agree, they say violent burglaries like this aren't common in this area. "I'm not sure the last burglary that's been reported in this neighborhood, so this is rare," says Capt. Morris.

Investigators say a second house, next door, was also burglarized. They're hoping someone in this close knit community might have seen something. "Right now we're going door to door in hopes of obtaining information that will help us solve this case," says Capt. Morris.

And solving this case is really what neighbors are hoping for. "I know all the neighbors are on high alert and are anxious to find out what actually happened. If the people got caught or whats going on," says the concerned neighbor.

"You gotta always question I guess when you see something like that happen that it can happen to you too. No where's really safe I don't guess," says neighbor Jamie Zellner.

While neighbors try to cope themselves, their thoughts are with the Kay Parsons. "I just wish the best for her and her family for sure. So hopefully she'll come out okay," adds the neighbor.

Kay Parsons is being treated at MCG, they have no information about her condition. Her husband was out of town on business during the attack.

Right now there are no suspects, but we're told investigators did question and release two neighbors.

The Parsons' home is for sale and a construction worker initially found her. He was there to do some minor repairs and notified neighbors when she wasn't answering the door. The neighbor and the worker went in and found her.

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  • by debbie Location: alabama on Apr 4, 2009 at 08:25 PM
    jail will be to good. i think we need to go back to hanging people that take from others.
  • by CRISSY on Mar 26, 2009 at 07:06 PM
  • by Niece Location: PA on Mar 26, 2009 at 06:01 PM
    They caught the scumbags who did this to her. We can only hope that they get the death penalty. 3 men killed her, one innocent woman in her own home. how disgusting!!!!
  • by Sonya Location: Augusta on Mar 26, 2009 at 05:07 PM
    My prayers go out to The Parson Family.I don't even have words to express how sorry I am that you are having to go through this.
  • by Lexi Location: Evans on Mar 26, 2009 at 05:06 PM
    Derrick and I would joke alot in Math Class, and he would seem soooo happy that day. i remember wen that day the office called for him he was soo happy. i would never expect something like that to happen. i hope he still goes to our school. we all miss and luv him!!
  • by Mom Location: EVANS on Mar 26, 2009 at 03:08 PM
    I will pray for this family, and I hope they catch the punk coward, or cowards that did this to this poor woman.I think the police need to look long and hard at the possibility that this woman was being watched.There is also the possibility that she might have known her attacker,and could accurately identify him; that might be why she was beaten to her death.Why not just run away, why kill the woman?My guess is the neighbors probably have a pretty good idea of who did this.Hopefully, the police will be able to make an accurate arrest.
  • by Pamela Location: Appling on Mar 26, 2009 at 02:04 PM
    I am so sorry to hear about this. I can't believe something like this could happen, this is outrageous. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. Our family will keep the Parsons family in our thoughts & prayers. I hope & pray they find who did this and they are punished to the extemest measures possible. (I would actually like to see the guilty party/parties beaten the same way she was.) Do unto others as you would have them do to you!
  • by anomynous Location: anomynous on Mar 26, 2009 at 01:50 PM
    Pray for the family, it is my understanding that Kay has passed away from her iinjuries
  • by aaron Location: Augusta on Mar 26, 2009 at 01:22 PM
    This was my friends mom, and i do hope he copes with all this. And i wish the best for his mother.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Augusta on Mar 26, 2009 at 01:03 PM
    Please pray for her son Derrick. From my understanding they used his baseball bat to beat her. He will need people to interceed for him. Children don't know how to express how they are feeling with such a tradegy. Sometimes it is through anger or revenge. Lets pray together for her son to have a heart that God would want him to have. Let's pray together in one accord, to God, that those robbers will be captured. I believe Derrick deserves that! and so does Kay! I'm already praying for you Derrick. a mother of 5.
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