Kimberly Elwoods of Georgia said she hit a rough patch at the start of the year and was looking to turn her life around by securing a full-time job, so she decided to allow her father to care for her daughter, Jada Moore, while she searched for employment.
But things took a turn for the worst when she received news no mother wants to hear. She learned that her father was accused of killing her child.
Elwoods, now in Chicago, then rushed to the medical examiner’s office to identify her daughter.
The incident took place at the couple’s home in Park Forest, a village in South Chicago, according to police. When officers arrived at the scene, Moore was found naked on the couch. She was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
“My daughter was smiling and she was happy,” said the victim’s mother. “At no time did she say, ‘Mama I’m scared, mama come get me, he’s hitting me, they’re beating me,’ nothing like that.”
Police immediately executed a search warrant where the beating took place and found a belt, a pair of children’s shorts, soiled underwear and a letter from the victim’s mother giving her father custody for school and medical decisions.
Investigators also found a calendar on the refrigerator that details four separate dates in which Moore allegedly soiled herself.
“Jones allegedly provided a detailed statement to police saying that both of them had been beating Moore as early as one month after she came to live with them,” according to FOX 32 Chicago. “She said that both she and Elwoods would use a belt, shoe and their hands to strike Moore.”
“The bruises, abrasions and scars were consistent with a pattern of ongoing behavior as the wounds were in various stages of healing,” the news outlet reported per state prosecutors.
Klent Elwoods and Lisa Jones have been detained and are being held without bond.
This story is developing.