JOURNEY ANN COWART BEATEN BY HER MOTHER AND MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND TO DEATH DAYS AFTER HER FIRST BIRTHDAY – JUSTICE FOUND – CCA0130 – UPDATED 05.14.2015

JOURNEY ANN COWART BEATEN TO DEATH BY HER MOTHER & HER MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND ONLY DAYS AFTER HER 1ST BIRTHDAY

JUSTICE FOUND FOR JOURNEY ANN COWART – BOYD AND PAYNE FOUND GUILTY OF FELONY MURDER

*****UPDATE 05.14.2015*****

 We’ve been waiting a long time for this day to arrive.  Wednesday afternoon it took the jury mere hours to deliberate and find Boyd and Payne guilty of felony murder. 

Sentencing is scheduled for a later date, but we will keep everyone posted when that comes around.

I want to ask every member of LTWH to light a candle for Journey this evening.  This little angel has been watching over us for some time now, let’s show her that we still love her and miss her.  Journey Baby –  You have been the light that has brightened countless days, the sweet innocence that reminds us how precious our children are.  We will forever be fighting to keep all of our babies safe from suffering the pain you suffered, and we will always know in our hearts, that we have a sweet little angel watching us and guiding us.

~

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

On January 21, 2014, Journey Ann Cowart was brought into the emergency room at Cartersville Medical Center by her mother, Brandy Ann Boyd, and her mother’s boyfriend, Austin Levi Payne, unresponsive and not breathing. Shortly thereafter Journey received her wings when resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful, a mere 11 days after the baby girl’s 1st birthday. As soon as Journey was brought in, it was very clear that this little girl was being tortured and beat, and had been for some time. Journey’s injuries were extensive, including, a fractured skull, blunt force trauma to the stomach, broken ribs which had already healed, a broken leg which also had already healed, a plethora of other broken bones in various stages of healing including broken bones in her toes, a lacerated liver, extensive internal organ damage including a hole in her stomach, several severe bite wounds and anal bleeding. In fact, Journey’s injuries, the medical examiner says, are the worst she has ever seen and show that Journey had been abused and beaten for at least 7 months prior to her murder, which is more than half of her life.

Brandy Ann Boyd and Austin Levi Payne

Brandy Ann Boyd and Austin Levi Payne

Boyd and Payne were arrested and are both charged with felony murder, and we are left wondering how a mother could do this to their child, how anyone could do this to any child. The two were both denied bond and will remain in jail until their trials begin.

Journey’s father, Blake Cowart, tragically passed away in April of 2013. He was reported missing by his family and Boyd, and just over a month later his body was found in the Etowah River by fisherman, a mere 15 yards from his home.

Journey and Blake Cowart

Journey and Blake Cowart

Authorities say that there is no indication of foul play in Blake’s death. Blake had allegedly stopped taking his seizure medication which he needed as the result of a brain injury. Boyd told police that Blake suffered short-term memory loss, confusion and she feared he had been using drugs. According to Blake’s sister, he had been up for several days, possibly due to illegal drug use, when he went missing.

Journey’s paternal grandparents, Mellodie and Allan Hunt, are still just stunned that their granddaughter was murdered, saying “I can’t wrap my mind around that someone did that to a baby. It’s supposed to be your natural instinct as a mother to protect her.” After Blake’s death, the Hunts fought every month to see their granddaughter, and had noticed bruising which was explained away by Boyd as the inevitable bumps and bruises a wobbly toddler will get from learning to walk.

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

Mellodie and Allan had planned a birthday party for Journey’s 1st birthday, but Boyd never showed up with the baby girl. It is very likely because the damage the abuse had done was clearly visible, and such severe injuries could not be explained away as just ordinary, innocent bumps and bruises. “I don’t know how you get to the place of forgiveness for something so evil. If I did not have my faith in Jesus Christ I would not make it. This is horrible.” Mellodie shared.

Mellodie and Allan fought to get custody of Journey’s remains, to lay her to rest next to her father, the man who would have given anything for his child while he was alive. The two are once again together.

Journey and Blake Cowart

Journey and Blake Cowart

Brandy Ann Boyd

Brandy Ann Boyd

As for Boyd’s other child, she has now had her parental rights terminated for her 5 year old son, who has been in state care since the day Journey was murdered. The testimony at the hearing which struck me the most, was the testimony of Boyd’s Uncle, Dale Boyd. Dale talked about how he was concerned about Brandy’s ability to parent when she had her son, 5 years prior, long before Journey came along. He describes her as stressed out and not mature enough to be a parent. When Brandy became pregnant with Journey, Dale’s concern hit an all time high and he knew he had to do something. Dale approached his brother with his concerns and decided to talk with Brandy and see if she would put Journey up for adoption, obviously, Brandy refused.

Journey and Blake Cowart

Journey and Blake Cowart

In August of 2013, Dale and his girlfriend, Lane Peters, met with DFCS intake worker Lucy Simpson and again aired his concerns for his nieces’ ability to parent her children safely. The last time anyone in the family saw Brandy at that time, was when she got in her car and left, and then just never came back. Dale was concerned that Brandy was missing and that Journey was with her.

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

Dale also told Simpson that there were suspicions that Brandy was using drugs again, and possibly could be at her mother’s, more than enough information to give DFCS reason to find Journey and see if the little girl was in danger. DFCS failed again, and along with the failure comes the usual excuses. Simpson testified that when she met with Dale and Lane, all they said was that Brandy was missing and the baby may be with a family member. Simpson says that she had no contact information, and no mention of drugs in her notes. She then went onto say that as an intake worker she would have been limited in her ability to search for Brandy’s address (WTF WTF WTF – somebody shoot this woman before I do), and that it fell on Dale Boyd to provide her with the address and other details. Allegedly, the intake report which Simpson was required to file, was screened out, and not entered into the database SHINES for DFCS cases. Simpson said she would have then shredded and burned the report as it contained confidential information.

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

(Which makes NO sense as she just testified she had no information for even finding Brandy – so what in that report was so confidential that it was ignored, and then burned??) A SHINES rep later testified that regardless of the screening process, all intake reports are entered into the SHINES database as policy states. So Simpson, what excuse are you going to try next?? Guess what – there is another social worker involved here – and even more shocking, she too failed to do anything to keep any child safe from Brandy Boyd. Nayoki Cormier was contacted in October of 2012 regarding concerns about Boyd’s son, alleging that there was drug use occurring in the home. The notes showed that Cormier went to Boyd’s home and left a card without making any contact with anyone. Three days later she returned and saw that the first card she left had not moved, so, using her common sense, she left another card sticking in the door.

Brandy Ann Boyd

Brandy Ann Boyd

On her third trip, she again made no contact with Brandy but spoke to “folks” in the area who claimed that family moved two weeks prior, and that there was no child as young as Brandy’s son ever living in the home.

Judge Averett was overseeing the hearing and addressed Brandy and DFCS directly when testimony was wrapped up saying,

“Miss Boyd, I have been in this line of work for over 13 years now and I can tell you that this is the worst case of child abuse this court has ever encountered. I can tell you that after receiving into evidence the 24 pictures of your dead child this court did not sleep for at least four nights.

Journey and Blake Cowart

Journey and Blake Cowart

I can tell you that this court has drawn negative inferences to your Constitutional right to plea the Fifth Amendment and I will absolutely write a very detailed order concerning that. You drew the Fifth Amendment right to whether or not you inflicted blunt force trauma on your child, whether or not your broke five ribs of your child, whether or not you inflicted trauma to cause her anal bleeding, whether or not you bit this child, whether or not your boyfriend beat your child, whether or not you used methamphetamines, whether or not your boyfriend uses methamphetamines.

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

A duty of a parent is to protect their child. You have failed that, and this court has the right and is going to draw the negative inference that you are either responsible for the death of your child, participated in the death of your child or failed to protect your child, which caused her death.” She then spoke to DFCS saying, “There are some facts that are very concerning to this court, and I think, if nothing else, there’s no question that every decision the Department of Family and Children Services makes could be a life-or-death decision for a child. And, unfortunately, we are sitting in a situation where a 1-year-old baby apparently, by the testimony that has been given to this court, was physically abused at the hands of her caregiver for more than half of her life and that weighs heavily on this court. As to August 2013 [DFCS report by Dale Boyd], I don’t know that there are words to describe the frustration that this court has for the complete failure of the department to make reasonable efforts.

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

The court certainly believes had there been any efforts made towards intake of ascertaining an address on this child and this mother, the court believes that we may not have a dead infant. It graves this court significantly that the department failed Journey Cowart. I don’t think there is any other way that can be said.”

Amen to that! I would love to see Judge Averett preside over other child abuse cases as she is the first judge that I have seen in a long time that actually cares about the CHILD. We need more judges like her to help put an end to child abuse.

There has been some talk in regards to donations accepted on behalf of Journey, and I want to quickly address that. The biggest complaint made was that folks had donated all of this money for Journey’s headstone, and she still does not have one, and I understand how that is being questioned.

Blake Cowart's Headstone

Blake Cowart’s Headstone

So let’s address the headstone. As you all know, Journey’s father, Blake, passed away almost a year ago. Journey was laid to rest beside her father, as she should be, and Journey’s headstone will match her father’s. The granite used is a special order, which has been placed. When the granite is ready, the family will have it engraved, then the city will approve the placement of the headstone and it will be erected, a memorial deserving of bearing this beautiful little girl’s name.

Journey and Blake Cowart

Journey and Blake Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

*****UPDATE*****

There has been a lot of drama and accusations thrown around attached to Journey’s name, so allow me to address them.

I am here for Journey and Journey only. I do not care who hurt whose feelings, nor do I care about the drama perpetuated between others. Is it petty and it is selfish as no one is focusing on Journey, what happened to her, and what needs to be done for justice to be served, all they are focused on is pointing fingers and making unfounded accusations – on BOTH sides. Regarding money and the foundation, I don’t have any concrete information to go on – and frankly, I will not allow the drama surrounding it to become the topic of focus. I will not tolerate this behaviour on any LTWH site and all irrelevant comments accusing others of one thing or another will be deleted, and the commenter blocked. I will NOT allow the integrity of LTWH and its dedication to helping children be compromised. I know that you as members share the sentiment, as you all fight for these children every day with me, and I thank you for that.

SO – LTWH is concerned with the facts in Journey’s case. Everything in this article are simple facts, and I would like to ask all of my members to light a candle for Journey tonight, let’s get back to shining our lights for Journey.

*****UPDATE APRIL17, 2014*****

Journey Ann Cowart with a black eye.

Journey Ann Cowart with a black eye.

Journey Ann Cowart with bruising to her forehead.

Journey Ann Cowart with bruising to her forehead.

I just wanted to update you all with some photos I have recently received.  Some of these photos show visible bruising on Journey, those will be the first few photos.  It is disturbing and it just makes me that more ready to fight for this baby girl – she needs us.  A few of the girls over at Justice4Journey have been really great about providing the photos and keeping me up to date in the case – there is nothing factual to share yet – but I can tell you that there is a lot more to just how Journey has been failed.  Jessica, Ashley – thank you ladies for everything you have done and are doing, your compassion and determination are to be commended.

Don’t worry family, as information comes in we will keep you posted on everything that is happening in Journey’s case – as well as what you can do to help advocate for Journey, even from your own home.

You all are wonderful, so keep those lights shining, this little angel sees them.

Journey Ann Cowart with massive bruising to her forehead.

Journey Ann Cowart with massive bruising to her forehead.

Journey Ann Cowart's Funeral

Journey Ann Cowart’s Funeral

Journey Ann Cowart's Funeral

Journey Ann Cowart’s Funeral

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

 

Journey Ann Cowart - HEAVEN TO HOME

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BIRTHDAY 01.10.2013

ANGELVERSARY 01.21.2014

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~ by LTWH on April 6, 2014.

37 Responses to “JOURNEY ANN COWART BEATEN BY HER MOTHER AND MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND TO DEATH DAYS AFTER HER FIRST BIRTHDAY – JUSTICE FOUND – CCA0130 – UPDATED 05.14.2015”

  1. Please explain why all the comments are disappearing?

    • Because they are inappropriate for a public forum. If these people have concerns they can address me personally in an email and we will go from there.

  2. How can I contact you?

    • Feel free to contact me on my personal email, NadineRisi@hotmail.com If these folks are friends of yours, I recommend you suggest to them to that they contact me privately as well. I have no problem talking to anyone, but I will not stand for the uncalled for, immature comments posted on any of my sites.

  3. Or would it be better to leave my info?

  4. Thank You,

  5. ALRIGHT FOLKS – LET ME MAKE MYSELF VERY CLEAR. FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE CONCERNS, PLEASE EMAIL ME IN A MATURE, RESPONSIBLE MANNER AT NADINERISI@HOTMAIL.COM – AND I WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO TALK TO YOU. IF THIS INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR CONTINUES, AND ACCUSSATIONS CONTINUE – I WILL SIMPLY PULL JOURNEY’S CASE AND THAT WILL BE THE END OF IT, BECAUSE THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOUR SHOULD NOT BE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRL’S NAME. DOES EVERYONE UNDERSTAND?

  6. I clicked on the link to the facebook page at the bottom and it just took me to my home page. Is there something wrong with the link?

  7. Precious Journey, you soar high with the Angels, you are safe now, in Gods’ loving arms! I am so sorry for all you endured, and I pray this never happens to another innocent baby! May You know you are thought of and remembered daily, and May God Bless this Honorable Judge, and thank you Nadine Risi for presenting this tragic case for us all to read, and weep! My heart breaks for all this baby endured!

  8. Poor baby girl she looks a lot like my daughter.. its so sad that monsters could have such a precious little angel and hurt her… 😦 RIP baby girl…

  9. so very sad..i have called cps on my niece 6 onths they cae and talked to my 3 yr old great niece and she told the she helped shoot mommys gun and they took ad gave her back to her. now worry and fear for my geat niece and her 1 yr old brother everyday…cps jst don’t care about children anymore and that’s very sad..

  10. Does this baby killing coward have a gold —-? Women kill me acting like they are just have to have a man. News flash! You can get another man any day of the week BUT you can’t get your baby back once he or she’s gone! RIP,Sweetie. God knows your mother didn’t deserve you.

  11. This article proves my point. It proves to me that some people are not fit to be parents, period. Furthermore it proves most, if not all, people working in Child “Protective” Services do not care about their work, the children they’re supposed to “protect” and there is little to no recourse if one of their assigned charges dies due to their neglect.

  12. Another baby that has brought me to your blog… so disgusting that we keep meeting this way. RIP little Journey, I’m glad your safely in your daddy’s arms. Condolences to the grandparents and I wish only the harshest sentence for the abusers.

  13. Couldn’t get over how can a human being do this to a beautiful n innocent child, I poured my heart out, all journey wanted was love n to be protected n that so called of a mother beat n tortured her, they both want the same doing to them, wish there was a way to stop child abuse. I really connected to journey, it really upset me how happy she was in her photos with bruises all her face, how smilie she was. They want torturing it’s beyond me how sick n twisted people are. R.I.P little beautiful angel, your with your daddy now, which is the only blessing. Xxx

  14. I was just wondering.. why didn’t the people who sent you those pictures of Journey with bruises all over her face, do anything?

    • The photos they received were after Journey’s murder. They do not know the families, only meeting them after her death. So they didn’t do anything because they did not even know it was happening.

  15. Mother was granted a 1 million dollar bond yesterday April 06,2014. A peaceful protest is set to be tomorrow from 4:45pm until 6:00pm. Fox 5 news will be there. Anyone is welcome to join Justice 4 Journey to help support as well. https://www.facebook.com/groups/justice4journey/

  16. Just realized I said April 6, 2014, CORRECTION May 06,2014

  17. Her parents need to get the maximum on this, and the death penalty. Anyone who murder’s a child should receive the death penalty. This is an innocent little baby with no voice! Thank you for sharing her story. May God comfort her and keep her under his wings. God Bless!!

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  19. Bless this baby’s heart! God watches over his children Journey is at peace. I know there is no hopes for the of this child. God Speed! Thanks for sharing…

  20. Another case where Mommy’s live in Penis is more important than the baby! Throw the book at the both of them.

    • so true! these mothers, biological mothers, prioritize their sexual needs and side with their BFs/second husbands/demonic partners at their children’s expense. how can anyone do that? oh yeah, they don’t have brains and souls.

      gimme a gun and I’ll kill them instantly. the world doesn’t need these murderers!

  21. Rest in paradise journey..you were so beautiful and seemed to be the happiest baby even though you were being hurt…keep smiling baby girl.. your with your daddy now. no more pain…we love you journey 🙂

  22. Such a beautiful baby, don’t understand why people hurt their children, they shouldn’t have them if they going to abuse them no child born to die, born to be protected n loved n cherished. Journey you are at piece now run around with all the other angel babies n have lots of fun, you can’t be hurt anymore. Lots of love journey n hugs R.I.P beautiful angel xxx

  23. This sweet girl still has no headstone. I didn’t know it took over 6 months for granite to come in!

  24. God bless baby girl you are safe now in the arms of the lord. my heart an thoughts go out to the family grandparents that dearly loved this little girl. Very Sad xx Nolene

  25. Happy belated 2nd birthday beautiful n happy little angel journey, always loved n remembered, breaks my heart cos how happy u r in some of the photos n u was enduring this horrific abuse, hugs n kisses journey ann xxx

  26. The trial started this week. Let’s hope they get to the bottom of it.

  27. Such a beautiful site – I didn’t know about Journey until I saw an article that her mother and boyfriend were found guilty. This whole story just rips at my heart. Poor little angel. I have 15 grandbabies and 8 kids/stepkids. All of my babies are loved and healthy. How any one can remotely hurt one so innocent and beautiful is just completely unfathomable. Thank you for putting this up. Truly beautiful. So glad Journey is in heaven, happily with her daddy.

  28. Such a sad story. I have been watching Journey’s story on the news. I hope these two are sentenced to the fullest and i know this may be wrong but i truely hope both of them suffer more than they put this little angle threw.

  29. This is my first time on your site-looking for more info about the circumstances surrounding Journey’s horrific abuse and ultimate death. (I did not know about the Uncle’s report to DFCS and its all too routine failure to act in any meaningful way for the children it is their job to protect.)

    But besides extended family and social agencies, I would encourage neighbors, busybodies,and even solicitors to keep their eyes open and take action when their radar goes off. All too often we dismiss or downplay suspicious behavior for the usual reasons.

    Secondly, I suggest a ‘Content Warning’ for your readers informing them about the nature of the photographs, and the reason they are included, long before they actually appear. They are extremely disturbing.

  30. I beleive the devil is in this world. I beleive he thrives on drugs. I think he gets stronger as Christians get weaker. I walk every day with a heavy heart and I pray every night for this world. My heart goes out to all helpless things that suffer at the hands of evil. Especially our little babies. God be with Journey and bless her tiny little soul. I wish the judge would plaster their cells with her pictures and they should have to look at her every day until they die! God have mercy on us all.

    • You stated what I also believe spot on. Such incidents seem like pockets of evil and where they exist unspeakable events take place. Sometimes seemingly normal people say nothing or look the other way. These individuals , I believe, are just as guilty as the actual doers by their silence. i

  31. if that baby can smile with all that she had endured it makes me ashamed of myself for my petty problems. I think we should all learn a lesson from her.

  32. I just wanna one thing god please tell me how , how , how could anyone look into the beautiful innocent eye’s of a child and do such horrible cruel , evil just plain evil to them I don’t understand my middle son Dakota Phillip Conroy died in my arms and the pain in my never goes away I miss him everyday I just don’t understand when God gives you such a beautiful gift how you could do that may you forever be wrapped in God’s arms at peace and love pain free dear Journey such a precious angel sent home to soon

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