’I’m a hurting mother’: Mother of two-year-old killed in Thomas Co. on New Year’s Eve reflects on death of child

’I’m a hurting mother’: Mother of two-year-old killed in Thomas Co. on New Year’s Eve reflects on death of child
Thomas County (Source: WALB)

BOSTON, Ga. (WCTV) - A two-year-old was killed last Thursday afternoon in Boston, Georgia, according to the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office.

It happened in a housing complex along the 400 Block of Jefferson Street.

According to a GoFundMe page set up by the mother, two-year-old Jhada Peterson is the victim.

Deputies with the TCSO say that, during an interview with authorities, 24-year-old Kimaon Collins confessed to killing the girl.

“He actually cried during the interview, he feels bad about what happened,” said TCSO Capt. Tim Watkins. “His statement to us was that he was overwhelmed emotionally and has a lot going on and took it out on the child,” Watkins explained.

Collins is charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, and cruelty to children.

Watkins said Collins is not the victim’s biological father.

WCTV briefly talked with the victim’s mother, Keyanna Peterson.

She shared her thoughts on the situation in a GoFundMe that was labeled as “funds for the family and funeral expenses.”

“This is very detrimental and one of the most horrible moments that I’ve ever experienced,” she wrote.

“No one ever expects to lose their child at such a young age. I’m a single mother who don’t like to bother and ask for help, but my daughter’s death is something that I never planned to experience.”

Multiple neighbors in the community said the couple kept to themselves and that nothing like this had ever happened there before.

For law enforcement, it’s a tough assignment.

“It is very difficult to look at the injuries of the victim in this case, everyone here is a grandparent or parent and you always think of your kids in a moment like that,” Watkins said.

Watkins would not share the nature of the injuries to the victim, citing the ongoing investigation and legal proceedings, but he did indicate a weekend autopsy revealed significant trauma.

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