Jaimie Nakail Whitney Beck of Bartow County and Michael John Naples, 31, of Woodstock, were indicted on multiple charges each, including felony murder and aggravated assault, more than a year after the child died of head trauma, court records show.
Beck and Naples were arrested by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office in September, after an 11-month investigation into the October 2012 death of Beck’s young daughter, Kaylee Rayne Elise Johnson.
According to the indictment, Beck and Naples are accused of assaulting the child with their hands and an “unknown hard object,” between Oct. 13 and 14 2012, the day she was found unresponsive at Naples’ house in Woodstock. They are also accused of breaking one of the toddler’s ribs sometime between July 1 and the day she was found.
Johnson died of her injuries Oct. 16 at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, after being put on life-support. A Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy later ruled her death a homicide, caused by blunt force trauma to the head, according to reports.
Police said at the time the mother told them she had woken up in the night of Oct. 14 to get a glass of water when she saw her daughter lying at the bottom of a staircase in Naples’ house. Beck had been staying there, along with another daughter, who was 3 at the time.
The autopsy, though, revealed the child’s injuries didn’t match up with a fall down a flight of stairs, police said.
Beck and Naples were arrested Sept. 13 and each charged with felony murder and first degree cruelty to children, but according to their indictments, they now face more charges.
Beck was indicted on two counts each of felony murder, cruelty to children in the first degree, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and making a false statement in the case.
She was also indicted on one count of cruelty to children in the second degree, bringing her to a total of 11 charges, court records show. Beck allegedly committed that crime when she left her daughter to be supervised by Naples, knowing that the toddler “had been injured previously” while he watched her.
Naples also has a history of being accused of violence, police records show.
According the indictment, Beck made false statements when she told authorities she never left the child alone with Naples on Oct. 13, and she hadn’t tried to contact him after the death of her daughter.
Naples was indicted with seven charges, including one count of felony murder, and two counts each of cruelty to children in the first degree, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery, his indictment states.
District Attorney Shannon Wallace said Tuesday Beck and Naples will likely face a formal reading of their charges in mid-January, though she was unsure of when the case would go to trial.