Janiyah Brooks’ mother granted bond

Janiyah Brooks’ mother granted bond

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The mother of a 3-year-old abuse victim who later died from her injuries was granted bond Tuesday afternoon.

Crystal Brooks was given a $40,000 bond, along with the $5,000 bond she was given previously for a cruelty to children charge.

Below is a breakdown of Brooks’ charges for her bond:

  • $30,000 for aggravated battery
  • $1,000 for battery
  • $9,000 on false statement

Judge Willie Lockette said by law, he is required to give a bond because the case was not presented to a grand jury or indicted 90 days after the arrest.

The state asked that Brooks be released on a $250,000 bond.

Lockette denied that, and said that’s excessive based on the charges she was given.

The state said Brooks hasn’t been indicted because they are still investigating the case. They still have to go through medical records, look at forensic evidence and gather more witnesses.

Lockette said once more findings are discovered, she could be arrested again for more serious charges if the state finds it.

The state has to decide if it wants to upgrade the charges as it continues its investigation.

Brooks was given a bond with several restrictions. Some of those include:

  • She can’t be around anyone under the age of 18 years old without an adult.
  • No custody of any child under 18
  • unable to work around children.
  • Not to contact any witnesses, co-defendant, etc.
  • unable to have a gun.
  • Can be searched at any time.

Prosecutors said they want to take their time to look at all pieces of evidence in this investigation, before drafting an indictment.

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