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Johns Creek father accused of beating 5 week old baby


Injuries inflicted after argument with mother escalates



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Gregory Odell Barnett
January 28, 2013
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. A Johns Creek man is facing charges Jan. 12 of brutally assaulting his 5-week-old baby girl leaving the child with severe injuries and in critical condition.

The incident began when Gregory Odell Barnett, 37, of Johns Creek was arguing with his live-in girlfriend.

During the argument, the girlfriend said she would take their baby and leave for the night. At that point, she alleges Barnett became violent toward her. He forced her out of the home without the baby.

According to the police report, the girlfriend said she left the home and when she returned 20 minutes later found the baby beaten, swollen and crying, lying face down on a pillow outside of her crib.

"The baby's rear, left and right side of her head looked deformed due to the massive amount of swelling," a reporting police officer said in his report.

Both parents took the child to Emory Johns Creek Hospital, where a nurse called police.

The baby was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite for treatment. Doctors said the baby suffered a broken clavicle and several skull fractures.

Barnett denied harming the child. He was arrested and is being held in Fulton County Jail without bail on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and first degree cruelty to a child.

Police say the child is still in critical condition.

The investigation is ongoing.

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    Good GOD.
    January 28, 2013 | 11:11 PM

    This scumbag needs to be locked away for a LONG time. But I doubt it will happen in our revolving door society. A few weeks in anger management classes and he'll be right back at home doing it all over again.

    No telling what permanent damage to that poor little baby girl has happened. It sickens me. That' "live-in" girlfriend needs to find another home ASAP, be it with family or friends or even a battered women's shelter for that matter. Never, EVER go back to this MONSTER again!

    Jason
    Milton
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    Your An Idiot
    March 13, 2013 | 12:11 PM

    First of all, Jason. I know Barnett personally and just because he is being accused of this crime does not mean that he did it. As a metter of fact this was told by the girlfriend and her story has changed so many times its ridiculous. What really happened is very different than what she says happened. I bet you didnt know that she is also being questioned do you? Gregory did not do this to that precious baby. She did. Stop believeing everything you read on the internet.

    Brooke Steele
    Atlanta
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