There’s a Devil Loose: Mother and Teen Brother Arrested for Killing Seven-Year-Old Julissia Batties in New York City Nearly One Year After She Was Found Dead in Bronx Apartment

Julissia Batties died last summer after she was found badly battered in her Bronx home. (Gregory P. Mango)

The mother and teen brother of 7-year-old Julissia Batties were arrested Wednesday for allegedly beating her to death in their Bronx home last summer, ending a nearly year-long wait by the girl’s family for justice to be served.

Navasia Jones, 35, and Paul Fine, Jr., 18, were detained on Wednesday morning and charged with murder and manslaughter for killing Julissia, who was returned to her mother despite pleas from the helpless little girl.

Fine was also charged with sexual abuse for allegedly assaulting his little sister.

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The arrest came as a welcome relief for the girl’s grandmother and former caretaker, who has waited nearly one year after the tragic death for the mother to be held accountable.

Julissia Batties’ brother, Paul Fine, Jr., admitted he had punched his sister eight times in the face. (Family handout)
Julissia Batties with her father, Julius Batties. (Brigitte Stelzer)
Julissia Batties’ grandmother Yolanda Davis holds up a picture of the 7 year old. (Gregory P. Mango)

“Oh my God, I’ve never been so happy,” the slain girl’s grandmother Yolanda Davis told The Post. “Oh my God, thank you so much. Oh my God, I really thank him.”

“I’m just so happy I’m getting justice for my granddaughter,” she said. “Oh my God, I’ve never felt so great.”

“I’m going to court, I gotta see this. This, I definitely gotta see.”

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SOURCE: New York Post, Georgett Roberts, Tina Moore, Larry Celona and Amanda Woods

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