What we now know about death of Augusta 12-year-old boy
Friday, June 12, 2020
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — Law enforcement documents on the death of an Augusta 12-year-old boy give us clues about the second person charged in the boy’s death — the mother’s boyfriend – and outline the allegations against him.
The mother of Derrick Camp was arrested after he died Sunday at Augusta University Medical Center, where he was taken after enduring physical punishments, according to authorities. The punishments happened after she found a nude selfie on his cellphone, authorities said she told them.
On Thursday, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said the mother’s boyfriend also had been arrested.
according to authorities.
Authorities said new evidence and information led to the arrest of Clarence Arkee Brown, 37, who is charged with murder while in commission of a felony and four counts of first-degree cruelty to children.
Affidavits in the warrants outline the allegations against Brown, blaming him along with Jasmine Camp for what authorities say Derrick went through before he died.
In addition to what authorities say Brown did to Derrick, they allege he committed cruelty to other children by forcing them to listen to what happened. Earlier this week, authorities say Jasmine Camp told them at least two children of Brown’s were in the residence that afternoon.
Much of what’s alleged against Brown is similar to what Jasmine Camp’s arrest warrants allege against her.
An affidavit included in warrants against Brown alleges the offenses took place around 4 p.m. Sunday at a residence in the 600 block of Forest Ridge Place in Augusta.
It states that Brown and Jasmine Camp “struck the victim multiple times with an extension cord, phone charging cord, and small tree branches all over his body and struck the victim in his stomach with a closed fist causing the victim to urinate on himself.” They also forced Derrick to “do military-style squats while holding a book and push-ups until he collapsed,” the affidavit alleges.
An arrest warrant for the mother included the allegation of beating Derrick with an extension cord but also stated that she “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.”
The warrant against her also included the allegation about military-style squats.
Derrick was taken to the hospital after he told her he’d fallen off a bunk bed, authorities said the mother had told them. He was pronounced dead at 9:22 p.m. Sunday.
In reporting its involvement in the case, the Richmond County Coroner's Office cited a head injury and several healing injuries.
Jasmine Camp told authorities that Brown’s two children, a 13-year-old and a 12-year-old were also in the residence on Sunday.
After the incident at the home, Jasmine Camp asked a neighbor for a ride to take Derrick to a hospital, according to authorities. Before they left, Brown arrived at the home and rode with Jasmine Camp and her son on the way to the hospital, according to a report of the incident filed by a deputy. An ambulance met the vehicle on the way to the hospital and transported Derrick the rest of the way there. The deputy wrote that Brown and Jasmine Camp followed the ambulance to Augusta University Medical Center.
The deputy wrote this about a conversation with the mother:
“While speaking with Jasmine, I observed Jasmine to be calm at the beginning of our conversation and her demeanor shifted into appearing to be bothered by me asking questions of the series of events that took place before her calling 911. While speaking with Jasmine, she referred Brown to be her fiancée up until the point of me asking about his information. At this point she advised me she was in fact just friends with Brown and that they aren’t really in a relationship anymore and that he has nothing to do with this. Jasmine stated she did not know what Brown’s address was and that he did not have a phone or a phone number that he could be reached at. I asked Jasmine where Brown was at now and she stated he advised her to call him after she was done at the hospital. I asked how Jasmine was supposed to get in contact with him without him having a phone and Jasmine stated she was going to ask her neighbor where she dropped Brown off so she could go see if he was still at that location.”
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