Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Custodial dad sentenced to life in prison for beating death of 12-year-old son (Paulding County, Georgia)

We've posted on this case several times over the last two years. And sure enough, the fact that SHAYAA FORBES was a custodial father has been erased by the time he is sentenced. The fact that CPS enabled his crimes for years--also erased. The fact that Daddy got custody despite a history of domestic violence--also erased. See here for past posts.

See the Killer Dads and Custody list for the State of Georgia.


Posted: 3:41 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

Dad sentenced to life in prison for beating son to death

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. — A local father will spend the rest of his life in prison for the beating death of his 12-year-old son.

Channel 2 Action News had the only camera in the courtroom as a judge handed down the sentence.

Channel 2's Aaron Diamant says this is one of the most horrific cases of child abuse he's ever covered.

In court, prosecutors said Eric Forbes, 12, lived his life in constant fear and pain.

They described his father as an unremorseful liar who mercilessly pounded his defenseless son for years.

Rickee Forbes shrieked just minutes after a Paulding County judge sentence her son, Shayaa Forbes, to life in prison without parole.

"I'm shocked by what I heard here today as to what a human being can do to another human being for whatever reasons,” Judge Kenneth Vison said.

Earlier, Shayaa Forbes pleaded guilty to beating his son, Eric, to death in 2013 in their Acworth home.

Prosecutors told the judge Eric Forbes endured years of severe physical abuse by his father.

"He has no chance for parole. He has no chance at life because of the actions of the defendant. I'm asking that you hold him accountable,” prosecutor David Lyles said.

It took Lyles nearly an hour to list evidence of more than 100 recent and historic injuries discovered during Eric Forbes's autopsy.

"The first time I tried to get through it, I didn't finish it. There are literally are too many injuries on there to really comprehend,” Lyles said.

Shayaa Forbes' lawyers put up a couple character witnesses and read a statement from him

"I would like to give my deepest and sincerest apologies to my family," the lawyer said.

Eric Forbes' aunt seemed pleased with the sentence. "Losing my nephew is really no justice. If he's life in prison, then still, I'm still without my nephew. I'll never see him again,” Carrie Majors said.