A woman and her boyfriend are in the Fulton County jail charged with murder in the death of the woman's 12-year-old brother.

Police said Sabrina Powell and her boyfriend, Omar Pitts, were charged with felony murder in the death of 12-year-old Jaytavious Mahone, who died from heat stroke (hyperthermia) on Thursday.

The couple admitted punishing the boy by forcing him to stand outside holding a paint bucket for hours with no water to drink. This past week, the temperature in Atlanta has hovered above the 90-100 degree mark.

Police said Sabrina Powell and her boyfriend, Omar Pitts, were charged with felony murder and cruelty to children in the death of 12-year-old Jaytavious Mahone on Thursday.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office said the 12-year-old boy who was reported to have suffered a heat stroke did not die of natural causes.

Cpl. Kay Lester of the Fulton County Police Department said officers received a call to Camelot Drive just after 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Police said the call came in that a 12-year-old boy was suffering from heat stroke.
Paramedics arrived on the scene and began to try to resuscitate the boy, police said. He was transported to South Fulton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Heat stroke occurs when the body temperature remains consistently elevated above normal, and the body is unable to dissipate the heat. Children and the elderly are especially susceptible to heat stroke during the Summer.

When a child's body temperature is elevated, he sweats to dissipate the heat. The sweat evaporates allowing heat to leave the body which cools the skin down.

If he doesn't drink water fast enough to replace the great loss of fluids through his skin, he will become severely dehydrated. At that point, the body stops sweating to preserve water for normal body functions and the child is unable to lower his body temperature or control his heart beat. Death comes within minutes once a child stops sweating and reaches the heat stroke stage.

This also occurs with adults, but I'm using a child as an example.

Jaytavious would have shown signs of severe dehydration such as weakness, confusion and rapid breathing. He would have begged for water many times before passing out.

Source: WSBTV

Edited to add this email from loyal reader Mel:

Sandra,
I am an avid reader and supporter, have been for a while. Wish you would open registration to those of us who have valid points....

Anyway, reading your story on the 12-year old boy. You failed to mention the fact that he was kicked in the head SEVERAL TIMES by the boyfriend. On the news last night a witness actually video taped this incident and gave the tape to police.

Just wanted to mention that. I am saddened by the fact that we keep letting these boyfriends (and girlfriends) abuse our kids!

Thanks,
Mel

  • CivilEngineer

    This world Lawd, THIS WORLD!!!

  • ohpretty1

    Heard this first thing this morning.

    Firing squad????

  • spongebobfan

    Hang em .... or line them both up and :shotsfired:

  • OutsidetheBox

    "He would have begged for water many times before passing out."

    Of course he did! I'm all for punishments that work; I make my boys do suicides for a number of things. Just last night my son had to stand with his foot raised because he kept standing on the 360!

    I'm sure they didnt intend to kill him, but where is the common sense?

    The heat in the A does not move! I hate that city in the summer!

  • Mother Jefferson

    :cry: Lord have mercy...

  • OutsidetheBox

    But why felony murder?

    What about child abuse/neglect leading to death..? Help me understand.

  • OutsidetheBox

    Never mind.. helped myself.

    "The medical examiner said Friday that the death appeared to be suspicious. Officials with the medical examiner's office said the boy definitely died as a result of violence."

  • allysonm

    Wow!!!that poor child; but God doesnt sleep they will get what they deserve. {SMH}

  • lakercrazy

    these heartless piece of chit wat is wrong with this chik this child had to beg for water hrs and hrs before de died lawd pray for us what is this workld coming to now these motha flokas need to be lined up and ready :shotsfired1:

  • Ace

    @OTB "with his foot raised because he kept standing on the 360!"

    Standing on my 360 and i might put your ass outside too..but not to the extent of these idiots...

    Now I'm sure they didn't mean to kill him..but when common sense is lacking $hit like this happens...sad..

    I wonder how the parents(if present) are coping...losing two of there kids..

  • lakercrazy

    now were was the 12yrolds mom??? and child abuse im pretty sure this was not the first time this child had to endure child abuse were was cps??

  • aqtpie

    That's a damn shame! I will :pray: for the family! RIP Jaytavious!

  • KrayZKat

    Thank you, Jesus, that I am not you because if I was, I swear anyone who was guilty of harming a child, would regret every moment of their lives once I finished with em.

  • Musiqal1

    The need to rot in jail then go straight to hell. First of all, as his sister, she should have made her mother discipline him if what he did was so bad. I'm not saying she doesn't have the right to discipline him, but not to those measures. And the boyfriend shouldn't have no say where that child is concerned. Anyways...off with their heads!

  • OutsidetheBox

    @Laker that new gravi... makes me want to have more. I already have 5. Take it down. For the love of population control: take it down!!!

    *fawns* Cutie pies!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Ms_Missy2791 missy

    My little gets on my nerves but I would have at least given him water..geesh ..ish is never that serious to deprive him of water..

    May he R.I.P.

  • lakercrazy

    these crimes right here break my heart this was just a child that was being punish by to ignorant azz people!!!! i hope they get life in prison no death penalty why take them out of there misery!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/evieannie speaknoevil

    Its sad but his suffering is over...he's probably been suffering all his life and god let him come home....

  • Kat

    Wow! What is this world coming to???

  • lakercrazy

    @otb i cant see it but yeah thats my two loves hand full both of them but thats my heart

  • iyonah

    Beyond sad ......

  • MisterReese

    Absolute craziness...my hear goes out to the family!!

  • FreeToSpeakUp

    Discipline gone wrong. This is SO unfortunate. They obviously didn't know the dangers of heat exposure...

  • AWESOME ARSENAL

    they should lock they ass up in a closed cell, set the temp on 130 degrees and slowly bake they ass. maybe throw some butter lotion em

  • fabulous city

    Jaytavious?! I'm equally for ur passing AND your name! WTF!!!
    May ur soul rest in peace...

  • CHARBEE1

    Things like that deserve the death penalty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :that is all:

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco

    Sad day GOD be with him...

  • meanNsurly

    The mother should have beat the shi.t out of the daughter and the boyfriend. How you gonna make your brother stand outside for hrs in this hot as.s heat and deny him water? I also heard that the boyfriend was kicking him and at first they didn't know how he died whether it was from the beating or the heat. This is why ppl feel that black ppl are dumb and ignorant.

  • luvly1957

    Fry both they azzes cuz what they also said was the boyfriend and the little brother got into a fight and the boyfriend kicked the little brother in the head several times that's what I think he died from.

  • EssenceofU

    @Speak: Discipline gone wrong. This is SO unfortunate. They obviously didn’t know the dangers of heat exposure…

    These mofos knew what they were doing! They wanted him to suffer, not just punishment. I heard on the news this morning that he was also beaten, had been kicked in the head by the boyfriend!

    So much WRONG in the world today, I don't even know what else to say. God bless us all!

  • Daisy

    This is a shame, sin and a scandel!! I have a question I skimmed the story was he stuck on a roof/patio?? Why couldnt he go ask for help? Bless his poor little hot heart :pray:

    Did they have the same mother or father I wonder as well SMH

    Jesus be a fence

  • MsSoloDiva

    People are crazy where is the momma?? :wtf:

  • EssenceofU

    It's a sad day indeed, when you can't trust a sibling to watch over another.

  • allwrightyden

    Lord have mercy!

  • TruGemini

    DAYUM...:shocked: we acts up don't we??
    Wonder how long he was out there?
    In the words of my pastor "Kiss 'em Jesus"...

  • fabulous city

    #25 *equally offended*

  • TruGemini

    Well...I wanted to be :shocked: but Sandra wouldn't let me...

  • KrayZKat

    It seems as though everyone's unleashing on kids lately REGARDLESS OF RACE. We live in a crazy, mixed up world.

  • FloridaChick813

    This is rediculous!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Every morning when I drop my son off at summer camp I say "make sure you drink plenty of water" -- this heat takes it easy on NO ONE!!!!!! :nono:

  • kearalove

    See, it's these kind of people that firing squads are especially made for.

  • BROWNSUGAPOET

    I hope this happened in a state that has the dealth penalty

  • kearalove

    @ Flo
    Every morning when I drop my son off at summer camp I say “make sure you drink plenty of water” — this heat takes it easy on NO ONE!!!!!!
    :cosign:

    My oldest is 7 and I pack him a few frozen bottles everyday so that they thaw out throughout the day while he's playing.

  • FreeToSpeakUp

    EssenceofU says:

    @Speak: Discipline gone wrong. This is SO unfortunate. They obviously didn’t know the dangers of heat exposure…

    These mofos knew what they were doing! They wanted him to suffer, not just punishment. I heard on the news this morning that he was also beaten, had been kicked in the head by the boyfriend!

    So much WRONG in the world today, I don’t even know what else to say. God bless us all!

    -------------------

    Youjust enlightened me, I only got the standing outside portion.

  • Anna

    Daisy says:

    This is a shame, sin and a scandel!! I have a question I skimmed the story was he stuck on a roof/patio?? Why couldnt he go ask for help? Bless his poor little hot heart
    ~~~~~~~
    That's what I was wondering. He was 12, surely he could have gone to a neighbors or left. Seems like this was kind of a routine punishment that didn't get the usual end result.

  • LilMissRed

    OMG! How cruel!!!! What in the world could this child have done to deserve THIS kinda treatment??? Poor baby SMH

  • CivilEngineer

    If he'd asked for help they would have beat him some more...demons walk among us everyday #teamsalvation

  • FloridaChick813

    kearalove says:

    @ Flo
    Every morning when I drop my son off at summer camp I say “make sure you drink plenty of water” — this heat takes it easy on NO ONE!!!!!!

    My oldest is 7 and I pack him a few frozen bottles everyday so that they thaw out throughout the day while he’s playing.
    ________________________

    You too??!?!?!?! LOL!!! My son is going on a field trip today to the state park. I was excited for him, but worried at the same time cause I wouldnt dare be able to have any fun at no park in this heat! Uggghhh

  • SPK318

    Don't pass go....STRAIGHT TO HELLL you both GO

  • kearalove

    @ Flo...I feel you. Having kids makes you a nervous wreck. There are only so many things we as parents can protect them from!

    S/N: I'm curious as to how old Sabrina is cuz her boo look a lil old. I'm also wondering if she has kids herself cuz if she does they need to do some further investigating.

  • buttercup24

    I don't know what to say that won't require me to spend the next couple of weeks on my knees praying for forgiveness.

    R.I.P Jay

  • chase

    sad.......

  • Anna

    kearalove says:

    @ Flo…I feel you. Having kids makes you a nervous wreck. There are only so many things we as parents can protect them from!

    S/N: I’m curious as to how old Sabrina is cuz her boo look a lil old. I’m also wondering if she has kids herself cuz if she does they need to do some further investigating.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    Kids do make you worry about the craziest of things, but this right here is unthinkable, it's his own sister. I do think she is in her 20's but her bf looks to be in his 40's.

  • http://www.prestigeeventandtravel.com Island Girl

    Poor child people like them don’t need no court hearing they need to be torch,stone to death or hang, let them suffer some way before there death. Such a shame this child had to be standing in that heat wave. the weather lately have been feeling like a thousand degree. How can you punish a child in a heat wave and not give him any water to drink.

  • lakercrazy

    Anna says:

    Daisy says:

    This is a shame, sin and a scandel!! I have a question I skimmed the story was he stuck on a roof/patio?? Why couldnt he go ask for help? Bless his poor little hot heart
    ~~~~~~~
    That’s what I was wondering. He was 12, surely he could have gone to a neighbors or left. Seems like this was kind of a routine punishment that didn’t get the usual end result.

    im thinking fear of the consequense of going to ask for water

  • http://oneperfectassistant.com ggouch

    .......My heart goes out to this mother, who is now faced with not only, the death of her child...but the fact that her other child had a hand in it. I can't imagine how a parent at that time will manage.

    I will never understand...the point in a person's life, specifically in the case of children, when blood does not come before OTHERS. I don't understand how a mother lets a boyfriend beat her child, molest a child and so on. What is your mind telling you as you witness or indirectly witness a transgression of this nature against someone (child, brother, niece...etc) that is a part of you. I am perplexed. I am saddedn to my heart

  • http://oneperfectassistant.com ggouch

    LilMissRed says:

    OMG! How cruel!!!! What in the world could this child have done to deserve THIS kinda treatment??? Poor baby SMH
    _____________________________________________________________________
    The sad part is that he probally didn't do a thing.....They didn't want to be bothered with him...he was a distraction to WHATEVER they were doing...so they punished him...He probally was going in on the dude and was wondering why the hell his sister acting brand new over this slum azz nig.ga.

  • lakercrazy

    @gg that is so true what happen to blood is thicker than water???

  • KrayZKat

    @Laker - how old are your babies?

  • http://oneperfectassistant.com ggouch

    EssenceofU says:

    It’s a sad day indeed, when you can’t trust a sibling to watch over another.
    ______________________________________________________________________
    ~~~~SMDH~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sad Day Indeed!

    How does a mother's love shift in these cases...does something within you automatically shut down for the child...Do you mourn both children....do you shift all your motherly protective instincts to the child that is still here, despite their involvement inthe loss of your other child? HOW DOES THATWORK...I never want to experience finding out that answer......I am sooooooooooooo sadden by this story...unbelievable

  • lakercrazy

    @kray my son is 3 and my daughter is going to be one in july like her mommy....this pic was wen she was like 2months or 3 old

  • KrayZKat

    They are both adorable! What a blessing. You must eat those cheeks up :-)

  • Tyzgurl

    Do you guys (some of you) still think the death penalty is barbaric?

    My heart doesn't bleed for them! My heart bleeds for that baby...an eye for an eye. :crying:

  • qtipthecat

    Heat stroke can happen rather quickly and a lot of times, by the time your thirsty, it's already happening. I imagine the fact that the boyfriend kicked him several times, didn't help the poor kid. He is in the arms of Jesus now. Where is his mother in all this?

  • Anna

    ggouch says:

    EssenceofU says:

    It’s a sad day indeed, when you can’t trust a sibling to watch over another.
    ______________________________________________________________________
    ~~~~SMDH~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sad Day Indeed!

    How does a mother’s love shift in these cases…does something within you automatically shut down for the child…Do you mourn both children….do you shift all your motherly protective instincts to the child that is still here, despite their involvement inthe loss of your other child? HOW DOES THATWORK…I never want to experience finding out that answer……I am sooooooooooooo sadden by this story…unbelievable

    ~~~~~~~~
    My daughter went to high school w/a girl who along w/her bf plotted to kill her mother for the house and the Insurance money. Her mom along w/her brother survived the attack. These two were tried and convicted as adult. I think they were 15 & 16. The mom was going back and forth visiting her son in the hospital( he got hit in the head several times with a hammer). Mom was also attending her daughter courts hearings. Those are certainly shoes I don't want to be in. It tripped me out knowing all involved were black. Sounded like some spoiled white kids mess.

  • Jamillah

    This is just beyond sad. They tortured that child and were too ignorant to understand what extreme heat does to the human body. I hope these two pieces of trash spend many, many years behind bars remembering what they did to that little boy.

  • Val

    :wtf:

  • http://oneperfectassistant.com ggouch

    @ ANNA!! my mouth is open.....over same money? HELL over anything!!!! REALLY!??

  • Val

    @ Tyzgurl

    I THINK LIFE IN PRISON IS WORSE..

  • Daisy

    Yes, I am still anti death penalty and prob always will be

  • Anna

    Tyzgurl says:

    Do you guys (some of you) still think the death penalty is barbaric?

    My heart doesn’t bleed for them! My heart bleeds for that baby…an eye for an eye.
    ~~~~~~~~
    I don't have a problem w/the death penalty, I refuse to go anywhere near TX because that is one State that does not play. :lol:

  • CivilEngineer

    I'm anti-death penalty because I truly believe we do not have the right to decide who lives or dies. Some stuff should be left in God's hands especially when it comes to His children, no matter how sick they may be.

  • Ms. Thickness

    WOW...THIS WORLD IS CRAZY

  • Tyzgurl

    @ Val

    I am a avid fan of "Lockup" and the prisons here in the US seems like a trip to Disneyland compared to some of those that are overseas. Prisons here are too easy on criminals. What's life in prison to them when they get to have televisions in the cell with them, visits, phone calls, good food and other items from the commissary (sp), conjugal visits, drugs, liquor...etc?

    People clowning because prison is a walk in the park. A vacation of sorts to them....

  • Tyzgurl

    @CivilEngineer :grin:

    I am not trying to come at you all HAM, but have you ever lost a loved one to a ghorish, brutal, horrible crime? If you have, that's a nice sentiment to have. If not, I hope you never have to deal with that in your life.

  • blackblondee

    I swear--I hate to even read up on the news...always a story on sum low-life dirtbag and their significant other messing over these defenseless children....sickens me. Poor little one--Rest In Peace baby.

    I hope they fry the momma---u don't let no man hurt your child!!!

  • blackblondee

    I swear--I hate to even read up on the news...always a story on sum low-life dirtbag and their significant other messing over these defenseless children....sickens me. Poor little one--Rest In Peace baby.

    I hope they fry the momma---u don't let no man hurt your child!!!

  • CivilEngineer

    @Tyz...no thankfully I've never lost anyone from a crime. I do think it would make the situation difficult...vengeance is a hell of an emotion!

  • starstatus

    Wow thats sad. Did the mom speak, wonder how she is feeling or was this something common in their home?

  • Tyzgurl

    @Civil

    I have had some experiences with cousins and such. But, let it be my baby! Lord help me. I'm dealing with it myself (if I can), and the Lord will just have to deal with me.

  • lala

    heart breaking story

  • http://lovingme782.wordpress.com Ms. Everything

    Smdh...

  • CivilEngineer

    :yes: @Tyz...I definitely understand. I think I'd prefer if they would just let the family handle the murderer/rapist over the courts...that's more of "eye for an eye" in my book.

  • KrayZKat

    I understand both sides of the D/P debate, but I'm for it, especially when it comes to people who harm children. Sometimes God uses our legal system too handle evil people like this. JMO.

  • KrayZKat

    *to*

  • Tyzgurl

    @Civil

    Most definitely....

    Here where I live, there is a news story about a guy who dresses/lives like a woman to gain the trust of the parents. This monster sodomized and raped the two little girls for years. His mugshot looks like the family or the police whooped his arse. He/she on crutches and everything.

  • starr

    I'm anti death penalty too. I just don't see the point, it doesn't deter crime, and its not really justice imo

    can you be for the death penalty, and against abortion? just a question....

  • Daisy

    I am pro choice and anti death penalty some say it doesn't make sense but that's where I stand on the issues :shrug:

  • NOLA

    The man also kicked the little boy in the head eight or nine times telling him to get up. The boy got up and then passed out. The upstairs neighbor recorded it. Why didn't anyone try to stop him I wonder?

  • spongebobfan

    gravy check

  • spongebobfan

    have a weekend everyone

  • Anna

    NOLA says:

    The man also kicked the little boy in the head eight or nine times telling him to get up. The boy got up and then passed out. The upstairs neighbor recorded it. Why didn’t anyone try to stop him I wonder?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Great that there is evidence, but everyone has a cell phone, did she tell someone to call 911 as she was filming. Omar Pitts seems like a punk, had an adult told him to stop I am sure he probably would have. Sometimes we do have to get involved. There is no way in hell I would have stood there and watched him beat little Jaytavious to death. I hope Sabrina and Omar are in a jail cell w/out air. I got in my car at the end of my work day, I was in air for 9 1/2 hrs at work and the air is not working in my car. I only have a 7 minute drive home. I thought I was going to pass out. I can't even imagine Jaytavious being deprived water and left to bake in the hot sun. I hope someone leaves Omar and Sabrina on the jails court yard on a hot day.

  • Zephyr1979

    Things like this happening to children really hurt my heart. :(

    I'm all for discipline and using tough love sometimes but you have to know when enough is enough. These children are human beings too, and we all have to live by rules but my goodness abuse is taking it too far!! I've always said that I believe there should be a mandatory minimum IQ for having children. Poor little guy :(

  • starr

    Daisy says:

    I am pro choice and anti death penalty some say it doesn’t make sense but that’s where I stand on the issues
    *****************

    same here

  • LADYTEE

    Zephyr1979 says

    I’ve always said that I believe there should be a mandatory minimum IQ for having children.

    I definetely agree with this statement

  • tashabgood

    Death Penalty fot the both of them!!!

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  • Anna

    Good Morning. Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads/Lurkers. I think my son read his calendar wrong, it's not "Grand Parents Day". My grand daughter spent the night and she "finally" loves her Winnie The Pooh musical swing I bought her. I hope she also loves her "Seasme Street" high chair. She will be 6 months old on the 29th and I will start giving her baby food. Wow, I just had a "Huxtable moment", when Denise was watching Winnie and Nelson and was making organic food in the blender during a storm while Olivia watched. Once again Happy Fathers Day to all the real Fathers. Why did I buy my hubby a "Leaf Blower" and we have 0/none, nada trees? LOL. It's the gift and the thought that counts right? I saw the box and it does have a attachment to clean the gutters. It beats buying him a tie or golf balls. LOL.