A Paulding County father was indicted Monday for murder in the October
death of his 12-year-old son.
WSB-TV reported Shayaa Forbes was indicted by a grand jury on several charges, including three counts of murder in the death of Eric Forbes, 12, on Oct. 11, 2013.
The elder Forbes is facing a life sentence without parole.
The indictment accuses the father of long-term abuse of Eric, including “repeatedly biting” the boy. Results of a GBI autopsy in October pointed to the suspected abuse, and the boy’s death was ruled a homicide.
On Oct. 11, Paulding sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported drowning at 181 North Springs Drive near Acworth and found Eric unconscious. The father said the boy had drowned. Eric was pronounced dead at Paulding Wellstar Hospital.
Deputies determined the boy had been abused. Shayaa Forbes was immediately arrested and charged with child cruelty. A murder charge was added less than a week later after preliminary results of the autopsy.
In the indictment, prosecutors said the father also beat his son with a belt, wooden paddle and his fists, according to the TV station’s report.
Forbes has been free on bail since earlier this month.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Forbes was released on April 17 after posting a $25,000 bond, lowered from $30,000. He had been in the county jail without an indictment since his October arrest. Forbes has been living with his girlfriend in Kennesaw since his release, the newspaper reported.
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