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Abuse victim's mother speaks out

June 29, 2005

Moultrie - 4-year old Marcellus Neal is well on his way to becoming a famous musician. And with his sunny smile, it's impossible to believe someone would want to hurt him.

"When I came home one evening to pick Marcellus up, I found that he was bruised, he had multiple scars, and abrasions and he was just black and blue," says Monique Christy.

Black and blue from being beaten by his father John Wesley Jordan, according to Christy, Marcellus' mother. She called the police and filed an incident report, and took Marcellus to the emergency room for an exam. The doctor noted bruises and abrasions all over his body from his legs to his head. Monique Christy confronted Jordan. She says, "I asked him, I said, 'I just want to know what happened,' and the story is 'he fell down the stairs.'"

A story that at the time was apparently believable even to the police, but not to Monique, and not even to John Jordan's own mother, Sandra Barnes, who says he abused another one of his children in 2001.

Barnes says, "Pictures were taken, the Moultrie Police Department was informed and DFACS was informed and nothing was ever done."

But now, Jordan is behind bars, where Monique Christy and even Jordan's mother want him to stay, but they also want to make sure other children aren't put in a similar situation.

Barnes says, "He needs to pay for what he has done, but there is a system in check for children who don't have a voice. Who can't be as vocal as you and I." And they hope future reports of abused won't go unanswered.

The Moultrie Police Department has reopened the case in the abuse of Marcellus Neal. John Jordan is still being held in the Colquitt County Jail for aggravated assault on one of his other sons.

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