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Bond denied for mom accused of punishing 12-year-old son to death

Published: Jul. 24, 2020 at 4:57 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 24, 2020 at 11:10 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A judge denied bond Friday for an Augusta mother accused in the death of her 12-year-old son, saying she lacks ties to the community that would prevent her from being a flight risk.

Jasmine Camp was charged with murder and child cruelty in the June 7 death of her son Derrick.

Warrants accuse her and her boyfriend, Clarence Brown, of punishing the child to death while other children in the home had to listen.

Camp’s family members had appealed to the judge to grant bond so they could take her home to Arkansas, promising to make sure she would do everything expected of her and bring her back for all court proceedings.

The judge denied bond, citing concern that she has no ties to Augusta.

Records show she moved to the CSRA in March.

Arrest warrants say Derrick suffered from a head injury and had other wounds that appeared to be healing.

A warrant released by the Richmond County Sheriff‘s Office alleges the boy died after “the accused struck the victim multiple times with an extension cord all over his body, slammed him into the wall at least twice causing his head to hit a wall, slammed him into a corner of a door frame by his hair, and kicked him in the chest twice.” She also forced him to do military-style squats while holding a book and push-ups until he collapsed, according to the warrant.

He was taken to a hospital after he told her he’d fallen off a bunk bed, authorities said the mother told them on the day he died.

She allegedly told Richmond County deputies she punished him because he had an inappropriate photo on his phone.

Documents from the Division of Family and Children Services point to a different reason for Derrick’s punishment. A report alleges it was because Derrick took a box of Jell-O from the cabinet because he was hungry.

The documents also report “old and new bruises from past and current beatings.”

Brown painted a similar picture. He told the agency he “had concerns in the past about her whooping Derrick too hard” before, adding that he “always intervenes because sometimes she goes too hard.”

What happened at the bond hearing

At the hearing Friday before Judge James G. Blanchard, District Attorney Natalie Paine fought against bond.

“There was a variety of stories from Miss Camp. She initially said there was an incident and she spanked Derrick, then said he fell out of bed and bumped his head,” Paine said.

Paine said Brown’s sister, who also lived in the residence, “indicated Derrick was hungry, he got a box of Jell-O from the cupboard and was eating it. Camp hit and punched him, then Brown punched him so hard, Derrick became unconscious.”

Brown, on the other hand, “basically said Camp was wildly disciplining the boy and he had nothing to do with it,” Paine said at the hearing.

Paine said Derrick probably had 150 old and new wounds all over his body and that his head was swollen.

The defense attorney, on the other hand, tried to point at Brown as being responsible.

“Clarence Brown is not only aggressive but manipulative over women,” the attorney said, adding that the mother’s family “is very concerned about Brown’s mental dominance over Miss Camp.”

The attorney claimed Camp will actually be a “star witness” against Brown.

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